State Capital Briefs (Evening Edition): August 9, 2016
The News Service of Florida
The number of Zika cases in Florida continued to increase Tuesday, with the state Department of Health announcing that four more people are believed to have been infected through mosquito bites in Miami-Dade County. The announcement brought the total number of local infections to 21, though health officials said they still think the virus is being transmitted by mosquitoes in only one area of Miami. Meanwhile, the department reported 14 new travel-related cases in the state Tuesday. In such cases, the virus has been brought into Florida by people who were infected elsewhere. Zika, which emerged last year in South America, is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and can cause severe birth defects. As of Tuesday afternoon, the department said Florida had 369 travel-related infections, 57 infections involving pregnant women and the 21 locally transmitted cases.