State Capital Briefs (Evening Edition): Tuesday, October 18
The News Service of Florida
Florida health officials Tuesday reported nine new cases of the Zika virus, bringing the state's overall total to 1,040. Three cases involved local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus in Miami-Dade County, which has been the focus of much of the state's efforts to combat Zika. Meanwhile, six cases were classified as "travel related," which means people got infected with the virus elsewhere and brought it into Florida, according to numbers posted on the state Department of Health website. Four of the travel-related cases were in Broward County, one was in Polk County and one involved a pregnant woman. The state does not specify the locations of pregnant women infected with the virus. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects. Meanwhile Tuesday, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said it had found a mosquito in Miami Beach that tested positive for Zika. The department said the mosquito was found in a small area of Miami Beach where seven other mosquitoes previously tested positive.