Duval County resident contracts non-travel Zika in Miami

Health Department does not believe transmission occurring in Duval County

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Duval County resident who was exposed in Miami-Dade County has contracted a non-travel-related case of the Zika virus, Florida health officials announced Wednesday.

Officials said they do not believe local Zika virus transmission is occurring in Duval County.

They said the individual lives in Duval County but had multiple exposures in Miami-Dade County.

The case was the only non-travel-related Zika case reported Wednesday by health officials. Three travel-related cases were also reported. One was in Broward County and two involved pregnant women.

There have been 10 travel-related cases reported in Alachua County, nine in Duval, six in Clay, two in Flagler, one in Nassau and four in St. Johns.

The number of cases of the Zika virus in Florida has topped 1,100.

The overall total of reported cases was at 1,114, with the largest number, 774, classified as "travel-related."

In such cases, people are infected with the mosquito-borne virus elsewhere and bring it into Florida.

The updated numbers also show 186 cases of the disease being locally transmitted in Florida.

The Department of Health breaks out in separate categories cases involving infections of pregnant women and cases involving out-of-state residents.

Florida now has 129 infections involving pregnant women and 19 involving out-of-state residents. Six cases are labeled as undetermined.

The Zika virus, which emerged last year in South America, is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects. 

The department has conducted Zika virus testing on more than 9,881 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 7,676 people for active Zika virus and 6,147 for Zika antibodies.

At Gov. Rick Scott’s direction, all county health departments now offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.

Pregnant women can contact their local county health departments for Zika risk assessment and testing hours and information. A Zika risk assessment will be conducted by county health department staff and blood and/or urine samples may be collected and sent to labs for testing. It may take one to two weeks to receive results.