Via Florida Health: Department of Health Daily Zika Update. Governor Rick Scott keeps upstaging the department with his own announcements, but this report offers some new details. Excerpt:
There are 15 new travel related cases today, including five in Orange, four in Miami-Dade, three in Osceola, one in Collier, one in Pinellas and one involving a pregnant woman. Please visit our website to see the full list of travel-related cases.
There are five new non-travel related cases today, including four in Miami-Dade and one in Pinellas County. The four individuals in Miami-Dade were identified within the Wynwood area and experienced symptoms of Zika in mid-July. However, the cases are being announced today following confirmatory antibody testing to rule out other mosquito-borne illness such as Dengue and Chikungunya.
DOH has begun door-to-door outreach in Pinellas County and mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place. DOH still believes ongoing transmission is only taking place within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County.
One case does not mean active transmission is taking place. The department conducts a thorough investigation by sampling close contacts and community members around each case to determine if additional people are infected. If the department finds evidence that active transmission is occurring in an additional area, we will notify the media and the public.
Governor Scott announced today that DOH has found no evidence of transmission of Zika around nearly the entire perimeter of the area in Wynwood (see maps below). This does not change CDC’s guidance for pregnant women or the Wynwood area.
The tally for August 23: 508 travel-related cases; 42 local cases; 70 cases involving pregnant women.