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A recent confirmed case of West Nile virus in Jacksonville has health officials sounding a warning. According to the Department of Health, the danger of more mosquito-borne diseases is on the rise.

Health Officials Find Another Local Zika Case In Miami-Dade

Aug 30, 2016
Florida Department of Health

State health officials on Monday reported another locally transmitted case of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County. 

Lawmakers Call For Use Of Modified Mosquitoes In Zika Fight

Aug 30, 2016
Oxitec

Incoming leaders of the Florida House said Monday they will urge the federal government to allow the use of genetically engineered mosquitoes to help fight the Zika virus.

Town Hall Addresses Zika Concerns in Miami Beach

Aug 30, 2016
Department of Health

Miami Beach residents had a chance to voice their concerns about Zika at a town hall Monday night. State Rep. David Richardson hosted the discussion, which included Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip and other public officials.

Maker of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Pledges Transparency

Aug 30, 2016
Alexandre Carvalho (Oxitec)

The for-profit company Oxitec has been in the news lately.

Federal regulators recently gave the OK for Oxitec to start testing its genetically engineered mosquitoes.

As Aerial Spraying Winds Down In Miami’s Zika Fight, Effectiveness Up In Air

Aug 29, 2016
Kaiser Health News

Miami-Dade County’s aerial spraying campaign against Zika-carrying mosquitoes is scheduled to end this month, and the blitz could be one for the record books if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records it as a success.

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Orlando's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount in Florida.

Zika Positive Baby Treated at Miami Hospital

Aug 29, 2016
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One of the first babies to be born with Zika-related complications in South Florida is being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

U.S. health officials are reporting the first case of Zika spread through sex by a man with no symptoms of the disease.

In earlier cases of sexual transmission, the virus was spread by someone who at some point had symptoms.

Florida Picks Up 15 Travel-Related Zika Cases

Aug 29, 2016

Fifteen new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were reported Friday in Florida, all tied to people who brought the disease into the state after getting infected elsewhere.

Orange County

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs is set to take the message of Zika prevention to the radio waves.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Jacobs will soon begin giving Zika-prevention advice via radio spots aimed at slowing the spread of the dangerous virus.

The mayor will urge listeners to "tip, toss and cover up," a phrase commonly used in regards to getting rid of standing water outside of homes, discarding small containers that cause pool water which breeds mosquitoes and wearing protective clothing and repellent.

Oxitec

While Florida Keys residents debate the use of genetically modified mosquitoes ahead of a November referendum, a new survey finds that a majority of Floridians supports the concept.

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"There have so far been no laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus in spectators, athletes or anyone associated with the Olympics," the World Health Organization said Thursday on its website.

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending that blood banks screen all blood donations in the U.S. for the Zika virus.

It's a major expansion from a Feb. 16 advisory that limited such screening to areas with active Zika virus transmission.

In a statement released Friday, the FDA says all those areas are currently in compliance with blood screening, but that expanded testing is now needed.

Scott Plans D.C. Trip To Urge Zika Funding

Aug 26, 2016
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott will travel to Washington, D.C. in early September, when Congress returns from its summer recess, to seek funding to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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Teams from the Florida Health Department went door-to-door in South Beach, a known Zika "hot zone" in Miami-Dade County, Wednesday.

They were telling residents about the risks of Zika, while passing along Zika prevention kits and collecting urine samples from volunteers. 

Though media was invited to attend, the DOH field workers were caught off guard.

In Little Haiti, Liberty City, and a number of other neighborhoods in Miami, canvassers are now walking door to door to spread the word about the risks of Zika, one household at a time — hoping to reach 25, 000 people the next six weeks. In some neighborhoods, these workers aren't sponsored by federal or state health agencies, but by Planned Parenthood.

Florida officials announced a new locally transmitted Zika case Wednesday—this time in Palm Beach County. It’s the second case stemming from local mosquitos in the county, but officials say the two cases aren’t connected.

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  With the first locally-transmitted case of Zika in Tampa Bay the question on everyone’s minds is where?

Rep.  David Jolly, who represents Pinellas County, is pushing for an answer.

A series of medical images published Tuesday offer the most complete picture, so far, of how the Zika virus can damage the brain of a fetus.

"The images show the worst brain infections that doctors will ever see," says Dr. Deborah Levine, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, who contributed to the study. "Zika is such a severe infection [in fetuses]. Most doctors will have never seen brains like this before."

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State officials are investigating Pinellas County’s first non-travel-related case of Zika virus, according to a release from Gov. Rick Scott’s office.

Miami-Dade Gets $5 Million For Zika Fight

Aug 23, 2016
Florida Department of Health

Gov. Rick Scott said Monday the state is sending $5 million to Miami-Dade County to help in the ongoing effort to stem an outbreak of the Zika virus.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has two goals when it comes to releasing information on locally transmitted cases of Zika. Make the information "accurate" and make it "timely."

 

Scott's reiterated this message, using these exact words, numerous times at press conferences over the past week.

As expected, the Zika outbreak in Florida is growing — though how fast is still difficult to say.

State and federal health officials say mosquitoes are spreading Zika in two neighborhoods of Miami, including Miami Beach. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told pregnant women Friday not to go into these neighborhoods — and to consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County.

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The Zika virus has changed how blood banks collect donations in Florida – and now it’s changing sperm and egg donations as well.

Toxicologists say Floridians using mosquito repellent for Zika virus prevention should not overuse it. Mosquitoes in Miami-Dade County are transmitting the illness, which is linked to birth defects. And misusing repellent could cause some health issues, too.

Early Friday afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the area between Eighth Street and 28th Street in Miami Beach is an active zone of Zika transmission, with five non-travel-related case of the virus linked to the city.

However daily life continued uninterrupted in Miami Beach – tourists lounged along Ocean Drive, and residents walked their dogs with tank tops and shorts on.

NIH official: Gulf Coast states most vulnerable to Zika

Aug 21, 2016
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A National Institutes of Health official says the Zika virus could "hang around" the United States for a year or two.

Department of Health

U.S. health officials are warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach, where Florida officials say mosquitoes have spread the Zika virus to five people.

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