The Zika virus appeared last year in Brazil and quickly spread to other South American countries and other parts of the world. Countries like Colombia have recently declared that their Zika virus epidemic is over but the world is still seeing new cases everyday. In Florida, four new cases were reported today. The four new Zika virus cases were acquired locally and were reported in northern Miami, according to Florida Governor Rick Scott.
These are not the first cases reported in Florida and the news are worrying as the Zika virus can easily spread like it did when it appeared in Brazil last year. The Zika outbreak was first detected in the state last month and there are now at least 21 cases.
The four new Zika virus cases were reported in the same area. The Florida Department of Health is now focusing on the area and trying to stop it from spreading. Scott said in a statement that today, they learned that there are four new individuals with the Zika virus, which was likely locally transmitted through a mosquito bite. The Florida Governor also asked the federal government to pass a bill that would give funds to fight the Zika virus.
The Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes and it is usually not harmful to people. The biggest problem of the Zika virus is that the disease has been linked to microcephaly, a medical condition where a baby’s head does not develop properly. Brazil, where the Zika virus appeared last year, has confirmed more than 1,500 cases of microcephaly related to the Zika virus since October 2015. 80 percent of suspected microcephaly cases are said to be from Brazil’s northeast region.
In Texas, 97 Zika virus cases have been reported. Earlier today, it was confirmed by Texas health officials that the baby who recently died in Harris County had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The mother contracted the disease while in Latin America.
The Center for Disease Control has already recorded more than 1,800 Zika virus cases in the U.S. The cases are travel related. Last month, it was reported that the Zika virus was quickly spreading through Puerto Rico. Estimates say there have been more than 5,000 cases in Puerto Rico since last year.
A few hours ago, the Cayman Islands confirmed its first locally transmitted case. Hours after the first case was confirmed, a second locally transmitted Zika virus case was confirmed.