10 more Zika cases found in Florida outbreak

Ten additional cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in northern Miami, leading to fears of a growing outbreak of the disease, according to government officials. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has activated the “emergency response” team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help stem the outbreak.

Four people were confirmed last week to have the virus after likely contracting the disease via infected mosquitoes in a 1-square-mile area in northern Miami, according to Gov. Scott. The outbreak is the first time the Zika virus has been transmitted via infected mosquitoes within the continental U.S.

Today, the Florida Department of Health “has confirmed that 10 additional people have contracted the Zika virus locally, likely through a mosquito bite,” Scott said in a statement. “DOH has been testing individuals in three locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for possible local transmissions through mosquito bites. Based on DOH’s investigations, two locations have been ruled out for possible local transmissions of the Zika virus.”

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