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2 new travel-related cases of Zika confirmed in Seminole, Osceola

Officials warn about Zika dangers after heavy downpour from TS Colin

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(James Gathany/CDC)


County officials in Central Florida are asking for the community's help to disperse small collections of water near homes after Tropical Storm Colin brought heavy downpours to the area.

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The particular breed of mosquito known to transmit the Zika virus like to live near houses and breed in small containers such as gutters, pool covers, flower pots, cups and tires, according to a release from Orange County Mosquito Control.

Officials say it takes those types of mosquitoes five days to breed.

Five new cases of travel-related cases were reported on Tuesday, one in Osceola County and one in Seminole County. Additionally, cases were reported in Escambia, Hillsborough and Palm Beach.

The following cases of Zika have been confirmed in Florida:

Alachua: 4
Brevard: 3
Broward: 19
Clay: 2
Collier: 2
Hillsborough: 4
Lee: 5
Martin: 1
Miami-Dade: 51
Orange: 10
Osceola: 6
Palm Beach: 8
Pasco: 1
Pinellas: 4
Polk: 3
Santa Rosa: 1
Seminole: 4
St. Johns: 2
Volusia: 2
Total cases not involving pregnant women: 133
Cases involving pregnant women regardless of symptoms* 38

Zika virus 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.

Reported Zika Virus Cases in the United States | HealthGrove