Local Zika case found in Palm Beach County
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A new locally transmitted case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been detected in Palm Beach County, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday in an interview with Fox News.
No other information was immediately available on the case, but Palm Beach County joins Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties in having infections confirmed as occurring locally.
Hundreds of other cases have stemmed from people bringing the virus into the state after being infected elsewhere.
"To date we have a total of 43 cases that are non-travel related in the entire state," Scott said.
The virus is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.
Much of the state's focus has been on Miami's Wynwood area, where local transmissions were first discovered, but health officials said Friday that cases also had been found in Miami Beach.
On Tuesday, Florida health officials reported the first locally transmitted case in Pinellas County.
News Service of Florida