New Zika case confirmed in Orange County

Total number of confirmed cases up to 26

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Orange County on Friday.

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The Florida Department of Health said two additional cases were reported -- one in Orange County and an additional case in Miami-Dade County, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 26.

Orange County Health Services Department’s Mosquito Control Division said in a release that is looks for sources of immature mosquitoes, as well as sprays to control the adult mosquito population.

Residents can have their property checked for Aedes aegypti (Yellow Fever mosquito) and the Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger mosquito) mosquitos by calling 407-254-9120.

The following counties have confirmed Zika cases:

  • Alachua: 1
  • Brevard: 1
  • Broward: 4
  • Hillsborough: 3
  • Lee: 3
  • Miami-Dade: 10
  • Orange: 1
  • Osceola:1
  • Santa Rosa: 1
  • St. Johns:1

All cases are travel-associated and none involve pregnant women. 

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 for Florida residents and visitors. The number is 855-622-6735.

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