10 additional Zika cases likely from Florida mosquitoes

New travel-related Zika case in St. Lucie Co.
Posted at 11:17 AM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 09:12:11-04

(WPTV/AP) - Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that the Florida Department of Health has identified 10 additional people in Florida with the Zika virus who likely contracted it through a mosquito bite.

This brings the total number of people with locally-transmitted Zika to 14 after four were identified on Friday.

DOH believes that active transmissions of the Zika virus are still only occurring in the one small area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown, that was announced last week.

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This remains the only area of the state where DOH has confirmed there are ongoing local transmissions of Zika.

Among the 10 new individuals announced Monday, six are asymptomatic and were identified from a door-to-door community survey that DOH is conducting.

Florida health officials said they've tested more than 200 people in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties after reports of local transmissions of the virus in early July. Of the 14 people infected, two are women and 12 are men.

Scott has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to activate an emergency response team to assist the Florida DOH in their investigation, sample collection and mosquito-control efforts.

"We will continue to keep our residents and visitors safe utilizing constant surveillance and aggressive strategies, such as increased mosquito spraying, that have allowed our state to fight similar viruses," Scott said in a statement.

The CDC has now issued a notice to women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant to avoid unnecessary travel to the impacted area north of downtown Miami.

More than 1,650 cases of Zika have been reported in the U.S. that were linked either with travel or having sex with a returned traveler, another way the virus can spread.

On Monday afternoon the Florida Department of Health announced that there are two new travel-related cases of Zika to report. One is in Manatee County and the other is in St. Lucie County. 

Below is a map of the area in Miami-Dade County where officials believe the active transmissions of Zika are occurring.