Florida Governor Rick Scott said Monday that the state is looking at what’s now
14 cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika.
On Friday, Scott first said that two cases of Zika in Miami-Dade County and two in Broward County were likely caused by mosquitos, which is unlike what most cases in the US have been up until this point. Now, 10 more people seem to have contracted the virus via mosquito.
“Today, [the Department of Health] has confirmed that 10 additional people have contracted the Zika virus locally, likely through a mosquito bite,” Scott said in a statement. “DOH has been testing individuals in three locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for possible local transmissions through mosquito bites. Based on DOH’s investigations, two locations have been ruled out for possible local transmissions of the Zika virus.”
The infections appear to have happened all in one neighbourhood, called Wynwood, in Miami. In Scott’s statement, he specified that the location was bound by “NW 5th Avenue to the west, US 1 to the east, NW/NE 38th Street to the north and NW/NE 20th Street to the south.”
Zika, which is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes, has been spreading around the Americas over the past year. This would be the first time local transmission by mosquitoes has been reported in the US. Only about 20% of people who are infected with Zika ever show symptoms, which most commonly include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.
Here’s a map of all the places Zika has spread locally so far:
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