Florida Reports 10 More Homegrown Zika Cases

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Florida confirmed Monday 10 more homegrown cases of Zika in people infected by local mosquitoes, leading federal health officials to advise women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant to avoid the area just north of downtown Miami where Zika is spreading.

The new cases bring the number of Zika infections spread by local mosquitoes — as opposed to foreign travel — to 14.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,658 people in the continental U.S. and Hawaii have been diagnosed with Zika.

The local cases in Miami are a major development, because — with the exception of one Zika case related to a lab accident — all of the Zika infections in the U.S. until now have been been diagnosed in people who traveled abroad or in people who had sex with a traveler. Although Zika is largely spread by mosquitoes, both men and women can transmit the virus sexually.

The Florida Zika outbreak so far is limited to a 1-square-mile area just north of downtown Miami, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday. Six of the 10 people infected with Zika had no symptoms and were identified through door-to-door community outreach, according to Florida officials.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Liz Szabo