Zika cases at 93 this year
Monday, December 10, 2018
Posted by: DCMS
The News Service of Florida
By NSF Staff
As the end of the year approaches, Florida has reported 93 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in 2018, according to numbers posted Monday on the state Department of Health website.
The number of cases has slowly increased in recent months, with all but two of the cases classified as “travel” related --- generally meaning people were infected elsewhere and brought the disease into the state. Two cases were classified as having “undetermined” origin, with both of those cases involving people in Miami-Dade County.
The disease, which caused major concerns in 2016, is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.
Collier County has topped the state this year with 35 cases, followed by Miami-Dade with 27 cases and Orange County with 11 cases, according to the Department of Health website. Broward and Palm Beach counties each reported six cases, Osceola County reported three cases, and Lee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando and Walton counties each reported one case.