Possible local transmission of Zika virus in Florida, USA

A second person with Zika virus may have been infected by local mosquitoes in Florida. This person did not travel to countries where Zika is present. The first case who became infecte in Florida resided in Miami-Dade County, and the second case is from Broward County.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure to the Zika virus is probably very low for travellers in Florida, it is difficult to establish a risk level since in any particular location there may be many infected people who have no symptoms and are not recorded officially. Other than these cases, all cases of Zika virus detected in the USA acquired their infections while travelling outside the country.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for this infection. Travellers can minimize the risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

There is strong scientific evidence that this virus is the cause of microcephaly (small brain) and other neurological abnormalities in newborn infants. The World health Organization states that pregnant women should be advised not to travel to areas of Zika virus outbreaks. Pregnant women whose sexual partners live in or travel to areas with Zika virus outbreaks should ensure safe sexual practices or abstain from sex for the duration of their pregnancy,