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Zika virus cases in Florida up to 66

Three new Zika cases reported in Alachua County

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health announced four new cases of the Zika virus Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in Florida to 66.

The latest cases are in Alachua County (3) and Brevard County (1). Of the cases confirmed in the state, seven are still showing symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms associated with the Zika virus last between seven and 10 days.

Several pregnant women have tested positive for the Zika virus. The CDC recommends that pregnant women with a history of Zika should consider additional ultrasounds. It is also recommended that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant avoid travel to Zika-affected areas.

The first sexually-transmitted case of Zika was confirmed in Polk County last week. Zika is described as generally mild with a rash, fever and joint pain.

Miami-Dade County has 30 confirmed Zika cases. One case has been confirmed in St. Johns County.

All cases are travel-associated. There have been no locally acquired cases of Zika in Florida.