More Than A Dozen New Zika Cases Confirmed

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The state’s Department of Health has confirmed that seven more pregnant women had acquired the mosquito-borne Zika virus while traveling outside the state.

That brings the total of pregnant women with Zika in Florida to 122. Zika infections can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads that lead to developmental problems.

The women were among 14 new travel-related Zika cases announced by health officials on Thursday, with four of the other seven cases occurring in Miami-Dade County and single cases reported in Collier, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.

The state also identified a new locally acquired Zika case in Miami-Dade, bringing the total of Zika cases caused by Florida mosquitoes to 181. The new case was in the Wynwood neighborhood.

State officials said the new case involved an individual who exhibited symptoms of the Zika virus in July, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently confirming the case. As a result, the state said there was no need to reimpose the Wynwood zone.

Warning zones for the Zika virus remain in effect for areas of Miami Beach and the Little River neighborhood in Miami.

The newly reported Zika incidents bring the total to 1,093 cases in Florida.

The News service of Florida contributed to this report.

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