Florida Zika Cases Surpass 1,000

Oct 11, 2016

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Florida health officials have now confirmed more than a thousand cases of the Zika virus—the mosquito borne disease that can cause severe birth defects.

With nine new cases reported Tuesday, the total number of cases reported in Florida is 1,002.

That number includes people who contracted Zika while in Florida, but who aren’t residents.

Eight of the new cases are travel-related. There is one pregnant woman. There’s also one new locally contracted case in Miami-Dade County.

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott allocated more than seven million dollars to further help Miami-Dade with mosquito control efforts. That county has more than 130 cases locally transmitted by mosquito.

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