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ALERT: Local Transmission of Zika Virus Disease Confirmed in Florida

Friday, July 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelley Henderson
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Message Urgency: High

Local Transmission of Zika Virus Disease Confirmed in Florida

 

This is a message from the Louisiana Department of Health Emergency Operations Center (LDHEOC). Please share and distribute with relevant stakeholders and partners through your own distribution channels. To remain current on newly released information about the Zika virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/zika/ 

The Florida Department of Health has gathered enough information as part of its ongoing investigation into non-travel related cases of Zika in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to conclude that a high likelihood exists that four cases are the result of local transmission. At this time, the department believes that active transmission of the Zika virus are occurring in one small area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown. The exact location is within the boundaries of the following area: NW 5th Avenue to the west, US 1 to the east, NW/NE 38th Street to the north and NW/NE 20th Street to the south. This are is about 1 square mile and a map is below to detail the area. While no mosquitoes trapped tested positive for the Zika virus, the department believes these cares were likely transmitted through infected mosquitoes in this area.

 

The Florida Department of Health is actively conducting door-to-door outreach and urine sample collection in the impacted area and will share more details as they become available. The results from these efforts will help department determine the number of people affected. These local cases were identified by clinicians who brought them to the attention of the department. In addition, blood banks in the area are currently excluding donations from impacted areas until screening protocols are in place.

 

There have been no locally acquired cases of Zika in Louisiana, but the possibility exists that one could present to the healthcare system in Louisiana. Please be diligent and know the signs and symptoms of Zika so that you can alert the public health system immediately, if you suspect the Zika virus.

 

In the state of Louisiana, Zika virus is reportable disease. To discuss a possible exposure, request laboratory testing, or report a suspected case, contact the Louisiana Office of Public Health at 504-568-8313 or after hours at 800-256-2748.

 

(This was released from The Louisiana Department of Health Emergency Operations Center on July 29, 2016.)


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