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6 More Local Zika Cases Confirmed In Florida

Nov 10, 2016
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State health officials Wednesday reported six more local cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, bringing to 217 the number of transmissions of the disease in Florida.

Five of the new cases involved Miami-Dade County residents, while one involved a person from out of state. The Florida Department of Health said it was investigating to determine where exposure to the virus occurred.

An argument that has been taking place in Mosquito Control board meetings, hotel conference rooms and Facebook comment strings finally moved to the ballot box on Tuesday.

With most of the vote in (32 of 33 precincts) the GMO mosquito question had split results.

Federal scientists have launched another test in human volunteers of a Zika vaccine. This one uses a more traditional approach than an experiment that started in August.

Travel Related Zika Cases Continue To Rise

Nov 6, 2016
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Florida health officials on Friday announced eight new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including two infections involving pregnant women.

Six New Zika Virus Cases Include Two Pregnant Women

Nov 4, 2016

State health officials Thursday reported six new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika Zika virus in Florida, with infections involving pregnant women now up to 131.

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Police union officials want Florida lawmakers to extend workers' compensation to first responders with Zika.

Three More Pregnant Women Diagnosed With Zika

Nov 2, 2016
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Florida health officials Tuesday reported seven more cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including three infections involving pregnant women.

South Floridians have one more reason to avoid the Zika virus—and this one’s especially for the men out there: New research using mouse models shows the Zika virus can shrink testicles.

Zika Cases Top 1,100 In Florida

Nov 1, 2016

With the addition of five more cases Monday, Florida's total number of diagnoses of the mosquito-borne Zika virus topped 1,100, according to information posted online by the state Department of Health.

The total hit 1,103, including 124 infections involving pregnant women. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

An adult aedes aegypti mosquito measures about six millimeters. That’s roughly a quarter of an inch. Yet for weeks this summer, it looked to threaten a $26 billion a year industry that underpins the South Florida economy -- tourism.

The bug remains a big public health worry -- so much so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that pregnant women stay away from all of Miami-Dade County -- but it in its early months, hasn’t hurt tourism.

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But try telling that to Donald Goldberg, manager of the Wynwood Diner.

Miami Beach Hopes Zika Won't Repel Halloween Visitors

Oct 30, 2016
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Miami Beach officials and business owners hope Zika won’t scare away Halloween crowds.

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Mosquitoes bite everyone, not just Haitians. It's a point health educator Marie-Jose Ledan is sure to make when she approaches Little Haiti's churches, laundromats and mom-and-pop businesses about protecting people from the Zika virus.

That seems obvious, but many in Miami's newest Zika "hot zone" bitterly remember what happened the last time health officials linked a devastating virus to this community: Discrimination and recrimination against Haitians continued for years after the federal government wrongly listed being Haitian as a risk factor for HIV and AIDS.

Florida’s Surgeon General wants to know how Miami-Dade County is spending state funds in combating the Zika virus.

Florida Reports 14 More Zika Cases

Oct 27, 2016
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With Miami-Dade County continuing to be hit hard, Florida health officials said Wednesday the state has added 14 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

First Coast mosquito control workers are fighting a spike in the disease-carrying insects after Hurricane Matthew.

Both St. Johns and Duval Counties recently turned to aerial spraying to better combat the swarms that are attracted to standing water — but the two counties differed in the type of advance notice they've given residents.  

Public health authorities and infectious disease specialists now say we may not be able to rid the U.S. of the Zika virus. Despite months of intense work — including house to house inspections and aggressive mosquito control — federal, state and local officials have not been able to stop the spread of Zika in Miami.

Temperatures may be dropping a little in Florida, but that doesn’t mean the Zika virus is going away anytime soon, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Here’s the plain truth,” Frieden told an audience at The Atlantic magazine’s CityLab conference in Miami. “Zika and other diseases spread by Aedes aegypti are really not controllable with current technology. So we will see this become endemic in this hemisphere.”

Two More Zika Cases Found In Miami-Dade County

Oct 26, 2016
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State health officials said Tuesday six more cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been found in Florida, with two involving people getting infected in Miami-Dade County.

Two More Pregnant Women Diagnosed With Zika

Oct 25, 2016

State health officials said Monday that seven more people have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, including two pregnant women.

All seven were identified as "travel related" cases, which means the people were infected elsewhere and brought the mosquito-borne virus into the state. Three of the travel-related cases were in Miami-Dade County, two were in Broward County and two involved pregnant women, according to information posted on the state Department of Health website.

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Yessica Flores is getting ultrasounds more frequently than the average pregnant woman, but there's a cruel downside accompanying the joy of seeing how much her unborn daughter grows every few weeks: fear of possible defects caused by Zika.

Florida Governor Rick Scott hosted a Zika preparedness roundtable in Miami's Little River neighborhood on Friday, responding to a request by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.

The governor said there are seven local cases of Zika confirmed in the 1-square-mile area of Little River, and that Florida has not yet received Zika prevention and research funding approved by Congress at the end of September.

Zika Virus Shows Up In Palm Beach County

Oct 21, 2016
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State health officials reported four new cases of the Zika virus on Thursday, including a locally transmitted case involving a Palm Beach County resident.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened its Zika guidance Wednesday, recommending that pregnant women consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County and reiterating a recommendation that pregnant county residents take steps to prevent the virus's spread.

The updated guidance reflects concerns that the virus may be spreading in areas throughout the county, not just in the two "Zika zones" on Miami Beach and near Little River.

It has been more than two months since the Zika virus was found in Miami-Dade County and almost three-fourths of voters surveyed in a new WLRN-Univision 23 poll are satisfied with the response by county government.

New Zika Cases Include Pregnant Woman

Oct 20, 2016
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Four new cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Florida, with one involving a pregnant woman, according to information posted Wednesday on the state Department of Health website.

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Officials say a new pool of mosquitoes taken from Miami Beach has tested positive for Zika.

The first Florida trial of the Wolbachia bacteria to combat Aedes aegypti mosquitoes has been approved for the Florida Keys.

Aedes aegypti are the mosquitoes responsible for transmitting the Zika virus. They can also carry dengue fever and chikingunya.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services approved MosquitoMate's request for a trial of Wolbachia as a method of mosquito control in the Florida Keys.

At least five people have contracted Zika virus from mosquitoes in Miami’s Little River neighborhood, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced on Thursday, identifying a one-square-mile zone where the disease is spreading — between Northwest 79th and 63rd Streets from Northwest 10th Avenue to North Miami Avenue.

A coalition known as Floridians for Reproductive Freedom delivered a letter to Governor Rick Scott's office Wednesday morning, calling for additional efforts to combat the Zika virus.

Saying they represent over 50 organizations from across the state, a small group of people stopped by Scott’s capitol office asking the governor for better sex education for young people, easier access to abortion and other contraceptive services, and an expansion of Medicaid so more residents of Florida have health insurance in case they get sick from the virus.

Two weeks shy of his first birthday, doctors began feeding Jose Wesley Campos through a nose tube because swallowing problems had left him dangerously underweight.

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