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6 new travel-related cases of Zika reported in Florida

Florida has confirmed 9 cases of Zika, health officials say

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday reported six new travel-associated cases of Zika in Florida to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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According to a DOH release, officials are monitoring the disease and say none of the confirmed cases involve pregnant women. All of the cases were believed to be contracted outside of the state. 

Florida has confirmed nine travel-associated cases with residents in the following counties:

  • Miami-Dade – 4 cases
  • Hillsborough – 2 cases
  •  Lee – 2 cases
  • Santa Rosa – 1 case

The CDC has not identified Florida as an area of local Zika risk.

Zika fever illness is generally mild with a rash, fever and joint pain, according to the CDC. Researchers are examining a possible link between the virus and unborn babies exposed during pregnancy.