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First travel-related Zika virus case reported in St. Lucie County

Posted at 2:18 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 17:59:55-04

St. Lucie County has its first travel-related case of the Zika virus, according to the Florida Department of Health.

It was one of 13 new travel-related cases announced by the state Monday. There was also a new case in Palm Beach County as well as 3 cases in Broward, 2 in Miami-Dade, 2 in Osceola, 2 in Polk, and one each in Alachua, and Orange counties

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The Declaration of Public Health Emergency has now been amended to include St. Lucie County. 

“Our staff is working with both state and local health officials to make sure that even if there is a remote possibility that someone has Zika or other mosquito-borne viruses that we are increasing our efforts in those neighborhoods,” St. Lucie County Mosquito Control Director Glenn Henderson said in a statement. “We have already sent inspections teams into the neighborhood of the confirmed case and, fortunately, there have been very little evidence that the two mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus are prevalent.”

There have been no locally-acquired cases of Zika in Florida. 

For more information on the Zika virus from the CDC, click here.

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