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Travel related Zika cases top 100 for year

Monday, August 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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State Capital Briefs (Lunch Edition): Monday, August 14
The News Service of Florida

While officials say mosquitoes are not believed to be transmitting the Zika virus in Florida, the state's number of “travel related” cases this year has topped 100, according to information posted Monday on the Florida Department of Health website.

Travel related cases involve people who were infected elsewhere and then brought the virus into the state. Florida has had 137 reported Zika infections this year, with 102 classified as travel related, according to the Department of Health. The other cases involve people were exposed to the disease in 2016 and tested this year. The total number of cases reported Monday increased to 137 from 128 a week earlier. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.