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Zika case confirmed in Brevard

22 cases now diagnosed in Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A travel-related case of Zika has been confirmed in Brevard County, state health officials confirmed on Wednesday.

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Brevard County officials said Mosquito Control is enhancing its efforts to ward off the Zika virus.

“We are currently working with residents and businesses in the county on disposing of mosquito-producing containers by distributing leaflets and through conversations,” said Chris Richmond, Mosquito Control environmental scientist, in a release. “We are also treating various containers that cannot be dumped or drained. We have crews out all day collecting tires from illegal waste tire piles countywide. We are spraying for adult mosquitoes in various neighborhoods.”

Officials also said the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are not produced in wetlands or other typical habitats.

The newest case brings the total number in Florida to 22.

The following counties have confirmed Zika virus cases:

  • Brevard: 1 case
  • Hillsborough: 3 cases
  • Miami-Dade: 7 cases
  • Lee: 3 cases
  • Santa Rosa: 1 case
  • Broward: 4 cases
  • St. Johns: 1 case
  • Osceola: 1 case
  • Alachua: 1 case

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika generally causes a rash, fever and joint pain. CDC researchers are examining a possible link between the virus and harm to unborn babies exposed during pregnancy.

A Zika Virus Information Hotline was also started last week for Florida residents and visitors. The number is 855-622-6735.

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