Health officials confirm 2nd Zika case in Clay County

116 cases of mosquito-borne virus now diagnosed in Florida


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The latest confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Florida include a travel-related case from a patient in Clay County, the Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday.

This case, along with ones just confirmed in Orange and Pinellas counties, brings the number of patients diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus in Florida to 116.

Clay County was added to the state's declaration of a public health emergency in March after a previous case was diagnosed. Alachua and St. Johns counties have also had cases, but the vast majority of Florida's cases are in central and south Florida.

Of the cases confirmed in Florida, five cases are still exhibiting symptoms. According to the CDC, symptoms associated with the Zika virus last between seven to 10 days.

Based on CDC guidance, several pregnant women who have traveled to countries with local transmission of Zika virus have received antibody testing, and of those, four have tested positive for the Zika virus. The CDC recommends that a pregnant woman with a history of Zika virus and her provider should consider additional ultrasounds.

It is recommended that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to Zika-affected areas.