The State of Florida may have recorded its first two local cases of the dreaded Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, local health authorities reported.
In the latest Zika advisory released by the Florida Health Department on Wednesday, at least 17 new cases of Zika infections have been recorded and confirmed by authorities.
381 Total Cases
In the advisory, a total of 381 Zika cases have been recorded across the state. Of which, 328 cases involved non-pregnant women, while the remaining 53 involved cases of pregnant women.
Local health authorities are closely monitoring the possibly of the first two cases of locally-transmitted Zika in Florida.
The Florida Health Department, however, is still confirming as of posting whether the two cases were not transmitted elsewhere, especially abroad.
Should the investigation turn out that the two cases were locally transmitted, it would be the first locally-transmitted cases of Zika in the continental U.S.
Local health authorities are currently monitoring one case each in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, Reuters reported.
Tom Skinner, spokesperson for the CDC, announced that the signs indicating local transmission in south Florida are persisting. But before authorities can ascertain there’s local transmission of the virus in the area, health officials must find Zika-infected neighbors within the 150-yard radius of the suspected locally-transmitted cases, Reuters reported.
“Evidence is mounting to suggest local transmission via mosquitoes is going on in South Florida. These cases fit similar transmission patterns for mosquito-borne diseases such as Chikungunya that we’ve seen in South Florida in years past,” Skinner was quoted as saying by Reuters.