New case of Zika reported in Osceola County
Number of pregnant women with Zika in US triples
Three new cases of travel-related Zika were confirmed on Friday, including one in Osceola County.
The cases were reported in Miami-Dade, Osceola and Pinellas counties, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Health officials will also start reporting pregnant women with evidence of Zika virus regardless of symptoms, per the CDC guidelines. Previously, officials reported cases of Zika if the pregnant woman was symptomatic, according to health officials.
Based on the new CDC guidance, Florida's case count of pregnant woman is 36 as of Friday. The counties they reside in will not be released.
The following counties have reported Zika cases:
Palm Beach: 7
Santa Rosa: 1
St. Johns: 1
Cases involving pregnant women regardless of symptoms: 36
The counties of the pregnant women will not be released. According to the CDC, symptoms associated with the Zika virus last seven to 10 days.
Based on CDC guidance, several pregnant women who have traveled to countries with local transmission of Zika have received antibody testing, and of those, seven have tested positive for the Zika virus. The CDC recommends that pregnant women with a history of the Zika virus and their doctors should consider additional ultrasounds. It is recommended that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to Zika-affected areas.
Zika generally causes a rash, fever and joint pain.
A Zika Virus Information Hotline was also started for Florida residents and visitors. The number is 855-622-6735.
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