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Florida gov offers free Zika test kits for pregnant women

Roland Mccarthy | 05 August, 2016, 03:20

More than 1,650 cases of Zika have been reported in USA states that were linked either with travel or having sex with a returned traveler, another way the virus can spread.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said four patients in Florida were likely infected with Zika by local Aedes species mosquitoes - the first evidence of mosquito-borne transmission in the continental United States.

"(The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has now identified transmission within the United States, particularly in Miami-Dade County Florida", Avetian said.

California has some 100 cases of microcephaly per year due to various causes, including Zika, but CDPH officials said that their agency does not document infection by the virus until it has been indisputably "confirmed". The other 20 percent show mild symptoms. She said the staff "has been inundated with questions to the point that we are been doing education sessions for people who answer the phones about Zika so they can help the anxious patients triage their concerns".

The CDC recommends pregnant women avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas which include countries ranging from Mexico into the Caribbean, Central American and South America.

Donald Trump has a plan to combat the Zika virus - that apparently involves deferring responsibility to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

None were pregnant women, said county Department of Public Health spokeswoman Claudia Doyle.

Babies born with microcephaly have abnormally small heads. Test results on Wednesday confirmed she had been infected with the Zika virus, he said.

In addition, the Pentagon says around 40 U.S. military personnel, including a pregnant woman, have contracted the virus while serving overseas. People who do feel sick from it may experience a rash, joint pain or eye infection.

First, someone in the area would need to have the virus and be bitten by a mosquito capable of transmitting the virus. As of July 28, the VDH has reported 50 cases of the Zika virus in the Commonwealth.

While the DOH continues to monitor the Zika situation, Park said, Hawaii residents can fight the bite to prevent the spread themselves. But experts cautioned that many questions about the virus remain.

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