FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
TALLAHASSEE – The number of Zika cases in Florida continued to increase, with the state Department of Health announcing that four more people are believed to have been infected through mosquito bites in Miami-Dade County.
The announcement brought the total number of local infections to 21, though health officials said they still think the virus is being transmitted by mosquitoes in only one area of Miami.
Meanwhile, the department reported 14 new travel-related cases in the state as of Aug. 9. In such cases, the virus has been brought into Florida by people who were infected elsewhere.
Zika, which emerged last year in South America, is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and can cause severe birth defects.
As of Aug. 9, the department said Florida had 369 travel-related infections, 57 infections involving pregnant women and the 21 locally transmitted cases.
ZIKA SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT
Only about 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus are symptomatic. Zika fever is a mild illness. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Signs and symptoms of Zika fever may include: acute onset of low-grade fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (reddening of eye), body aches, headache, eye pain, and vomiting. Treatment is symptomatic since there is no specific treatment against the virus. Illness typically resolves within a week.