New travel-related Zika case reported in Duval County
DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. – Duval County has reported another travel-related case of Zika virus infection, Florida health officials announced Monday.
The case was one of two announced Monday. The other was in Bay County.
The number of cases of the Zika virus in Florida has topped 1,200.
The overall total of reported cases was at 1,224, with the largest number, 965, 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 244 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 175 infections involving pregnant women and fifteen cases 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 10,780 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 6,564 people for active Zika virus and 4,929 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.
Copyright 2016 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.