Florida Department of Health Reports New Zika Case In Brevard County

By  //  February 17, 2016

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The latest confirmed Zika case in Florida was in Brevard County, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 22 across 9 counties. All cases have been travel related.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the Zika virus, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong will issue a Zika virus update each week day at 2 p.m.

Florida Surgeon General, Dr. John Armstrong (U. of Florida image)

Updates will include a CDC-confirmed Zika case count by county and information to better keep Floridians prepared.

As of today, one new Zika case has been confirmed in Brevard County. Dr. Armstrong’s Declaration of Public Health Emergency has been expanded to include Brevard County.

County Number of Cases (all travel related)
Alachua 1
Brevard 1
Broward 4
Hillsborough 3
Lee 3
Miami-Dade 7
Osceola 1
Santa Rosa 1
St. Johns 1
Total 22

Last week, Governor Rick Scott directed State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to activate a Zika Virus Information Hotline for current Florida residents and visitors, as well as anyone planning on traveling to Florida in the near future.

The hotline, managed by the Department of Health, has assisted 439 callers since Friday. The number for the Zika Virus Information Hotline is 1-855-622-6735.

All cases are travel-associated. There have been no locally-acquired cases of Zika in Florida, and none of the confirmed cases involve pregnant women. For more information on the Zika virus, click here.

shutterstock_367851851State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong urges Floridians to drain standing water weekly, no matter how seemingly small.

A couple drops of water in a bottle cap can be a breeding location for mosquitoes. Residents and visitors also need to use repellents when enjoying the Florida outdoors.

More Information on DOH action on Zika:

  • On Feb. 3, Governor Scott directed State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong to issue a Declaration of Public Health Emergency for the counties of residents with travel-associated cases of Zika.
  • The Declaration currently includes the eight effected counties – Alachua, Broward, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Osceola, Santa Rosa and St. Johns – and will be updated to include Brevard, and as needed as other cases are reported.
  • DOH encourages Florida residents and visitors to protect themselves from all mosquito-borne illnesses by draining standing water; covering their skin with repellent and clothing; and covering windows with screens.
  • DOH has a robust mosquito-borne illness surveillance system and is working with the CDC, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and local county mosquito control boards to ensure that the proper precautions are being taken to protect Florida residents and visitors.
  • Florida currently has the capacity to test 4,963 people for active Zika virus and 1,341 for Zika antibodies.

Federal Guidance on Zika:

  • According to the CDC, Zika illness is generally mild with a rash, fever and joint pain. CDC researchers are examining a possible link between the virus and harm to unborn babies exposed during pregnancy.
  • Yesterday, the FDA released guidance regarding donor screening, deferral and product management to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmission of Zika virus. Additional information is available on the FDA website here.

For more information on Zika virus, click here.

About the Florida Department of Health

brevard DEpartment of health logo chd_clrThe department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

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