Thursday, July 21, 2016

Florida DOH Investigating Another Possible Non-Travel Related Zika Case

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For the second time this week the State of Florida is investigating a possible non-travel related case of Zika, this time in Broward County.

Details are scant, but the Florida DOH has released the following statement: 

July 21, 2016
Department of Health

Investigating Possible Non-Travel Related Case Of Zika In Broward County

Communications Office
(850) 245-4111

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today the Florida Department of Health announced that it is conducting an epidemiological investigation into a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Broward County. The investigation into the possible case in Miami-Dade County is ongoing.

The department is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will share additional details as they become available. Zika prevention kits and repellant will be available at DOH-Broward and distributed in the area under investigation. The department is also coordinating with local OBGYNs for distribution of the kits. Zika kits are intended for pregnant women. The department continues to work closely with mosquito control to ensure trapping, reduction and prevention activities are conducted in the area of investigation.

At the direction of Governor Rick Scott, State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip has requested that CDC provide assistance in our investigation and response efforts by sending a medical epidemiologist to Florida to help our continued investigation into possible non-travel related Zika infection.

Residents and visitors are urged to participate in requests for blood and urine samples by the department in the  areas of investigation. These results will help the department determine the number of people affected.
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