State Capital Briefs (Evening Edition): Tuesday, October 25
The News Service of Florida
State health officials said Tuesday six more cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been found in Florida, with two involving people getting infected in Miami-Dade County. The overall number of Zika cases in Florida increased to 1,064, with 171 involving people infected in the state, according to numbers posted on the Florida Department of Health website. Most cases are classified as "travel related," meaning people were infected elsewhere and brought the virus into Florida. Four new travel-related cases were reported Tuesday, with one in Miami-Dade, one in Orange County, one in Volusia County and one involving a pregnant woman. The Department of Health does not identify the counties in cases involving pregnant women. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects. The state has had 114 cases involving pregnant women, according to the Department of Health.