Likely mosquito-borne Zika cases now in Florida

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For months, the Zika Virus has steadily spread throughout the country. Most of the people who’ve contracted the diseases traveled outside of the U.S.
 
On Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced the first mosquito-borne cases of the Zika Virus have turned up in South Florida.
 
“This means Florida has become the first state in the nation to have local transmission of the Zika virus,” said Scott.
 
The Florida Department of Health says four cases indicate transmission was within a one-mile radius, but it already has different agencies taking precautions. 
 
“This is a U.S. issue, a national issue,” said Scott. “We’re just at the forefront of it.”
 
Not-for-profit OneBlood announced it has begun testing all collections for the Zika Virus.
 
“About 20 percent of people will get fever, chills, maybe a rash like measles,” said Dr. Brian Shaheen. “They do fine. But if you’re pregnant, that’s where the big concern is.”
 
Dr. Shaheen was just profiled by News 13 Wednesday in Kelsey Peck’s Health Desk segment. He says the best way to stay safe is to avoid mosquitoes at all costs. 
 
“Unfortunately, we have the kind in this area that can carry the Zika Virus,” said Shaheen.
 
The Florida Department of Health says a few precautions will help keep you protected from any mosquito-borne illness. 
 
“Dump standing water, make sure your covered with mosquito repellant, or heavy clothing, or stay indoors,” said Michael Templin, an Environmental Health Specialist with DOH. “Make sure you have screens on your windows.”
 
DOH says the four cases have not exhibited symptoms to be admitted to the hospital.

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