Monroe County health officials confirm Zika virus case

Henrietta Brewer
August 14, 2016

The Spallanzani Institute in Rome is Italy's major reference medical center for infectious diseases, and is part of the ECDC Network on the Zika virus emergency.

There have also been 441 cases of Zika that were brought to Florida by people who were infected while traveling outside the United States.

Canada on Friday (Aug 12) confirmed its first case of a birth defect related to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The TCMI spoke to 828 people.

The man, who did not require hospitalization and has since recovered, was likely exposed to the virus during his recent travel to Mexico, the health district reported.

More than 1,900 cases of Zika were identified in the last week alone. The real danger lies in its effect on pregnant women.

In a letter addressed to Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat and minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said she was allocating $34 million in funding to the National Institutes of Health and $47 million to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to work on Zika vaccines.

The third non-travel related case, however, was contracted in Miami-Dade County outside the area, the state report said.

Most of the Zika cases in Florida have been transmitted by mosquitoes in a relatively small area north of downtown Miami, bound by Northwest Fifth Avenue to the west, Northwest/Northeast 38th Street to the north, USA 1 to the east and Northwest/Northeast 20th Street to the south. Because of this, health officials recommend homeowners inspect their property at least every two weeks and eliminate standing water in flowerpots, gutters, trash cans, toys, pool covers and other places water gathers.

It also allows Puerto Rico to temporarily reassign public health workers to assist in the Zika response.

While local mosquito transmission of Zika has not been documented in Philadelphia or Pennsylvania, residents are still urged to protect themselves from mosquitoes as we head into the height of the mosquito season in August.

"If a patient is anticipating or has become pregnant and has questions about her health, an obstetrician would ask appropriate questions to understand where the person has traveled and whether they have an illness history that would indicate exposure", Sidebottom said in an email. Many people who get Zika have no symptoms at all.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned pregnant women not to travel to the area.

Call the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Vector Control Program's Mosquito Complaint hotline at 215-685-9000 to report mosquito problems in your neighborhood. Laboratory studies confirmed the presence of Zika virus in the blood, tissue, brains and amniotic fluid of fetuses and babies diagnosed with microcephaly. The domestic American cases include 22 believed to be the result of sexual transmission, one that was the result of laboratory exposure, as well as six new local cases.

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