State Capital Briefs (Evening Edition): Friday, November 18
The News Service of Florida
Florida health officials on Friday identified 11 new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, bringing the state total to 1,188 cases. Six of the new cases involved people who were infected while traveling outside of Florida. Two of those cases were found in Miami-Dade County and two were in Volusia County, while Escambia and St. Lucie counties each had one of the cases. Also, there were four cases in which Zika was transmitted in Florida, including three cases involving Miami-Dade County residents and one involving a non-Florida resident who traveled to Miami. The other new case involved a Florida resident who traveled to Miami but also to an area outside of Florida where Zika is prevalent, leading the state Department of Health to label the origin of the infection as undetermined. State and federal health officials have identified two zones in Miami-Dade County where active transmission of the virus, which can cause severe birth defects, is occurring. One warning zone is a 4.5 square-mile portion of Miami Beach, while the other is a one square-mile zone in the Little River neighborhood of Miami.