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Published On: Fri, Apr 22nd, 2016

Broward County reports two additional Zika virus cases

Florida health officials announced Friday that two additional travel-associated Zika virus cases were reported in Broward County, bringing the county total to 15.

Female Aedes aegypti mosquito Image/James Gathany

Female Aedes aegypti mosquito
Image/James Gathany

Statewide, 93 local transmission cases have been reported including 5 involving pregnant women.

A Declaration of Public Health Emergency has been issued for 15 counties to date: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Santa Rosa, Seminole and St. Johns.

There have been no locally-acquired cases of Zika in Florida or elsewhere in the United States to date.

In recent related news, on April 6, Governor Rick Scott and Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip hosted a conference call with Florida Mosquito Control Districts to discuss ongoing preparations to fight the possible spread of the Zika virus in Florida.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 388 locally transmitted cases. Of that total, 33 are in pregnant women, eight are sexually transmitted and one resulted in a case of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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