Fla. governor requests CDC help to combat Zika virus


Florida Gov. Rick Scott asked the Center of Disease and Control to activate an emergency response after 10 new people likely contracted the Zika virus from mosquito bites, pushing the number of infected people in the state to 14.

The Florida Department of Health said it believes the active transmissions of the Zika virus are still only occurring in the one small area in Miami-Dade County. This remains the only area of the state where the DOH has confirmed there are ongoing local transmissions of Zika. 

Scott said health officials have been testing individuals in three locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for possible local transmissions through mosquito bites.

"Based on the DOH's investigations, two locations have been ruled out for possible local transmissions of the Zika virus. DOH believes local transmissions are still only occurring in the same square mile area of Miami."

Scott said among the 10 new individuals announced on Monday, six are asymptomatic and were identified from the door-to-door community survey that DOH is conducting.