Monday, August 8, 2016

Zika Arrives at Palm Beach County, Florida

Zika Arrives at Palm Beach County, Florida

State health officials are investigating Palm Beach County’s first case of non-travel related Zika, Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Monday. In a news release, Scott’s office said the person recently had traveled in Miami-Dade County, which so far had been the only county in Florida to report locally transmitted cases of the virus.

Here is the full statement from Scott’s office: “Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is investigating one new individual with non-travel related Zika in Palm Beach County. The individual has recently traveled to Miami-Dade County and the department’s investigation is underway to determine the source of infection. DOH has begun door-to-door outreach and sampling in the area and mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place. DOH still believes active transmissions are only taking place within the identified area that is less than one-square mile in Miami-Dade County. More details will be announced when the investigation concludes. Governor Scott will be holding a roundtable on Zika preparedness in St. Johns County today and will be available to address this following the event.”

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