New non-travel related case of Zika in Palm Beach County

Posted at 11:36 AM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 17:55:13-04

There is a new, non-travel related case of Zika in Palm Beach County.

Florida Governor Rick Scott made the announcement Wednesday morning during a Zika roundtable in Hillsborough County.

"We had one in Palm Beach County before, and these are not connected," Governor Scott said. He did not release any other details about the case.

The Palm Beach County Health Department said it will conduct interviews to try and determine where the person contracted the virus.

Also, "mosquito abatement and reduction activities" are taking place around the locations that are being investigated, the Health Department said.

Health officials still believe ongoing transmission is only taking place in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County,

RELATED: More Zika coverage

15 new travel related cases were announced Wednesday, including three in Orange, three in Pinellas, three in Polk, two in Broward, one in Hillsborough, one in Manatee, one in Pasco and one in Volusia.

Five new non-travel related cases were announced Tuesday, including four in Miami-Dade and one in Pinellas County.

Members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum with the Health Department to talk about the facts and myths of the Zika virus.

"So when the person has Zika, for the first week, they go through a period of virus in the blood. That means if they are bitten by a mosquito, he can transmit the Zika virus from himself to a mosquito," Dr Robert Parkes told the group,

Dr. Parkes said it's important for everyone to take precautions, especially pregnant women. "Pregnant women in the third trimester should travel less and it's a reasonable advice.  And women trying to become pregnant should contact their health provider before traveling."

He also told them there are steps they can take to reduce the chances of contracting the virus. "Stay indoors, but if you choose to go outside, you should wear long sleeve clothes, and adequate repellent."