A new patient in Miami has tested positive for Zika Virus, bringing the total number of confirmed Zika cases in Florida to 60, report shows.
According to a report from the Florida Health Bureau, 59 of the 60 patients with confirmed Zika virus acquired the virus abroad. Only one involved local transmission.
Based on the March 14 advisory, the new additional case of Zika infection was recorded in Miami-Dade County. To date, Florida tops all the states in the country with the most number of Zika virus. Across Florida, Miami-Dade records the most number of Zika Cases with 28 confirmed cases as of Monday.
The advisory noted that of all the confirmed cases of Zika infection across the State of Florida, only four patients show symptoms of the viral infection adding that the symptoms usually lasts up to 10 days.
“The department urges Floridians to drain standing water weekly, no matter how seemingly small. A couple drops of water in a bottle cap can be a breeding location for mosquitoes. Residents and visitors also need to use repellents when enjoying the Florida outdoors,” the advisory reads.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Zika virus is transmitted by infected mosquito Aedes Aegypti—the same mosquito that carries the Dengue virus. The CDC noted that adults who got infected by Zika rarely die of the disease.
The CDC, however, noted that severe effects of Zika have been recorded among pregnant women, especially on the developing fetus. The most common adverse effect of Zika among infants is the microcephaly or the abnormal smallness of the infant’s head.
Meanwhile the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that at least 52 countries all over the world, mostly in the Americas and in the Caribbean, have recorded local transmission of the disease. To date, the WHO recognized two leading complications due to Zika, including Microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. But a recent study links Zika to a neurologic disorder, Myelitis.