State Capital Briefs (Evening Edition): Wednesday, October 26
The News Service of Florida
With Miami-Dade County continuing to be hit hard, Florida health officials said Wednesday the state has added 14 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Nine of the additional cases involved the virus being transmitted in Miami-Dade, while four were "travel related," meaning people were infected elsewhere and brought the virus into the state. The Florida Department of Health said it has been unable to determine where exposure occurred in another new case because the person traveled to Miami and to an area out of state that has "widespread Zika transmission." The 14 cases brought the total number of diagnosed cases in the state to 1,078, according to updated information posted on the Department of Health website. Three of the new travel-related cases were in Broward County, while another involved a pregnant woman. The department does not list the counties of pregnant women who have been infected with the virus. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects. Florida has had 115 Zika cases involving pregnant women.