After a weekend of extreme weather due to Hurricane Matthew, the Florida Department of Health (Florida Health) is reporting more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in the Miami Beach area.
Yesterday and today, Florida Health said there were six non-travel related cases—three of which are tied to Miami Beach—and one case in a non-Florida resident who contracted the virus when traveling in the Wynwood neighborhood earlier this summer. There are now 147 locally acquired Zika cases in Florida, plus 19 cases in non-Florida residents.
Florida Health said Miami Beach remains the only site of active transmission in the state, and pregnant women are still to avoid unnecessary travel to that area. All pregnant woman in Florida are encouraged to received prenatal Zika screening and take appropriate precautions against the disease, including using bug spray, wearing long sleeves, and using condoms if they have sex with someone who could be exposed.