Florida Reports 12 Additional Zika Cases

CDC says healthcare providers should screen pregnant women for possible Zika symptoms during prenatal care

The Florida Department of Health (FDH) website added 12 reported Zika cases during the first week of August, 2017.

As of Monday, August 7, 2017, the FDH website showed 128 reported Zika infections during 2017.

There are 97 Zika cases classified by the FDH as “travel related”. This means a person returned to Florida while infected with this mosquito-borne virus.

According to the FDH, if you travel to an area with active Zika virus, you may become infected and not know it. Moreover, you could spread the virus in your community upon your return.

Most people infected with Zika do not experience symptoms or will only have mild effects, including fever, rash, headache, joint and muscle pain and red eyes, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Before traveling, the CDC suggests checking to see if your destination is on the CDC list of areas with Zika

The CDC says Zika can be transmitted sexually and to take precautions if you or your partner travel to known Zika locations for at least three weeks after returning home. Zika can persist in semen over extended periods of time.

The CDC has updated its recommendations for pregnant women with Zika symptoms and pregnant women without symptoms. According to CDC guidance, healthcare providers should screen all pregnant women in the US for possible Zika exposure and symptoms at each prenatal care visit.

Additionally, Florida Governor Rick Scott has directed all county health departments to offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.

Visit here for more information on the Zika virus and the status of Zika in Florida.