1st Zika virus case in Okeechobee County reported by Fla. Dept. of Health

Posted at 3:19 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-23 21:09:07-04

Okeechobee County has recorded its first case of the Zika virus, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The department announced 19 new travel-related cases Friday: three in Orange, two in Hillsborough, two in Osceola, two in Seminole, two in Volusia, one in Broward, one in Miami-Dade, one in Okeechobee, one in Palm Beach, one in Pasco, one in Polk, one in St. Johns and one involving a pregnant women.


Florida mosquito control officials worry they won't be able to keep up their efforts to contain the bugs that carry Zika without federal funding, even as concern mounts that the first mosquito-borne case in the U.S. is near.  Even suspected cases of a mosquito-borne virus trigger costly responses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.