PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Non-travel related cases of Zika virus are no longer confined to the Miami area.
Pinellas County has its first case of non-travel related Zika, Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Tuesday. Scott made the announcement during a Zika virus roundtable held Tuesday morning in Clearwater.
“Today, we learned that the Florida Department of Health is investigating one new individual with non-travel related Zika in Pinellas County. While this investigation is ongoing, the DOH still believes that ongoing active transmissions are only occurring in the two previously identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach,” said Governor Scott.Previous story:City manager: 2 Zika cases linked to Miami Beach
Scott went on to clarify and said efforts are underway to control mosquitoes. “Now, just because we have one case here doesn’t mean we have local transmission. The next step is the department of health, the local department of health, working with mosquito control efforts, they will start doing aggressive mosquito control and they will be doing aggressive testing to find out if we have local transmission,” Scott added.
The governor said that the Department of Health and Pinellas County Mosquito Control are already working together and have begun aggressive spraying and mosquito abatement efforts in Pinellas County. Scott said that pregnant women will be able to get a free Zika test kit.
“Any pregnant woman who would like to receive a free Zika test or a Zika prevention kit should contact the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. We remain fully committed to ensuring that every county has all of the resources they need to combat this virus and stand ready to assist residents and visitors in the impacted communities,” said Scott.
Governor Scott also said that there are four new non-travel related cases of Zika virus in the Miami-Dade area.