Zika

In Puerto Rico, A Woman Infected With Zika Prays For A Healthy Baby

Dec 30, 2016

Before the virus overwhelmed Puerto Rico, Zika already lurked in Keishla Mojica's home in Caguas.

First her partner, John Rodríguez, 23, became infected. His face swelled and a red, itchy rash covered his body. Doctors at the time diagnosed it as an allergy.

Two months later, Mojica, 23, had the same symptoms. Medics administered shots of Benadryl to soothe the rash and inflammation. She didn't give it much more thought.

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Mosquito populations may be dropping with the temperature outside right now, and that means this is the right time to ramp up mosquito prevention efforts, says Dr. Uriel Kitron.

Kitron is an expert on mosquito-borne diseases and a professor and chair of  environmental sciences at Emory University. He was recently in Miami to give a talk about his research. He sat down with Health News Florida to talk about mosquito control and the Zika virus. 

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What happens when you expose a Florida resident to mosquitoes, screw worms or gators?

This year we've learned an amazing amount about Zika — how it damages developing brains, how it spreads through sexual contact and where in the world (and the U.S.) it's hiding out.

The University of Florida will lead a new research program focused on stopping diseases such as Zika from becoming widespread in the U.S.

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

2016 was a big year. It played host to a long contentious and historic election with Donald Trump winning the presidency--with a big hand from Florida. 

"This year there's been one big home run and a lot of scratch singles." That's how Red Sox fan and editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, sums up the year-that-was in public health.

Florida health officials say they have one new case of a locally-transmitted Zika infection in Miami-Dade County.

‘Travel-Related’ Zika Cases Creep Toward 1,000

Dec 15, 2016

State health officials Wednesday reported six new "travel related" cases of the Zika virus, as the total number of such cases neared 1,000.

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

A new study done by Florida International University's Metropolitan Center has found that despite steady wage increases for women in Miami-Dade County, women still make less in the workplace. 

Gov. Rick Scott Lifts Last Zika Zone In Miami Beach

Dec 9, 2016
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has lifted the final zone of active Zika transmission in Miami-Dade, eliminating the last hot spot where mosquitoes were transmitting the virus.

Florida Expected To Lift South Beach Zika Zone On Friday

Dec 8, 2016
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Miami-Dade officials expect Florida to lift its Zika warning over South Beach on Friday, ending the county’s last transmission zone for the mosquito-borne disease that has rattled the region’s tourism industry and upended the lives of pregnant women and their partners.

Little River Zika Zone Lifted

Dec 2, 2016
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Florida Gov.  Rick Scott announced Friday that the state Department of Health is lifting the Zika zone in Miami’s Little River neighborhood because 45 days have passed without any new local cases in the area.

“This is a good news day,” the governor said repeatedly. But he urged residents to remain vigilant. Zika infections have been linked to the birth defect microcephaly, which can cause intellectual disabilities, seizures and cerebral palsy.

Miami-Dade Reports 4 More Local Zika Cases

Dec 1, 2016

State health officials said Wednesday they have found four more locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Miami-Dade County, while two "travel-related" cases were reported in the Orlando area.

The number of new Zika cases in Puerto Rico has dropped dramatically in recent weeks, yet health officials worry the full effect of the outbreak on the island may not be known for months or years to come.

Puerto Rico has confirmed more than 34,000 Zika infections since the virus was first detected on the island in November 2015.

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