In late January, the first concerns about the Zika virus began to surface in the state of Florida. By February, the first alert was issued and Santa Rosa County had reported its first and, to date, only case of the mosquito-borne illness which was travel-related. On Feb. 2, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County said there were a total of nine cases in the state and all were travel-associated cases.
Since then, the number of people affected by the virus has grown dramatically, although all are still travel-related. As of June 2, Florida is reporting 127 cases plus an additional 38 cases involving pregnant women for a total of 162 cases of Zika. Miami-Dade County leads the way with 50 cases and Broward County has the second-highest number at 19.
Read the full article in the June 9 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online to your community newspaper.