New Zika Cases Include Pregnant Woman

National guidelines on Zika virus have been finalised and shared with the states

"Pregnant women who have lived in, traveled to, or had unprotected sex with someone who lived in or traveled to Miami-Dade County since August 1, 2016, should be tested for Zika virus", the CDC advises.

In total, Florida health officials have reported 1,044 Zika infections statewide this year, with 184 local infections and 855 travel-related cases, including 110 pregnant women. It can also cause miscarriage and stillborn births. An additional five cases are labeled "undetermined" after health officials failed to identify the area of exposure. Pregnant women should avoid travel to those areas, the CDC reiterated, echoing previous advice. "Although the specific level of risk in yellow areas is unknown, pregnant women are still considered to be at risk", the CDC said.

An agency map updated Wednesday showed two sections of Miami-Dade in red - the zones in Little River and Miami Beach - and the entire county colored yellow.

In July, the CDC had confirmed the first local transmission in the continental U.S. in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami.

The CDC urges pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Miami-Dade County, to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and to not have unprotected sex with partners who have traveled to or live in the county.

The advice for travel to Miami-Dade has not changed: Pregnant women should postpone travel to the county if possible and stay out of the two remaining "red zones" - Miami Beach and an area just north of the Little Haiti neighborhood.

The CDC also says any pregnant woman with a connection to the area should get tested for Zika, even if she doesn't have symptoms.

The government on Wednesday recommended Zika testing for all pregnant women who recently spent time anywhere in Florida's Miami-Dade County. In addition, there are almost 800 travel-related cases in Florida, figures show. "Additionally, areas adjacent or close to red areas may have a greater likelihood of local Zika virus transmission and are considered to pose a risk to pregnant women", the statement adds. This is also true of women and men who are planning pregnancy.

The Palm Beach County case of local transmission involves a person who traveled to Miami, and state health officials are investigating to determine where the exposure occurred.

Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed.

Ever since the Zika outbreak hit Miami, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned of "hot zones" where the virus has definitively been spread locally. They tested products containing deet, plantlike ingredients lemon eucalyptus and picaridin.

Off! Deepwoods VIII, w/25 percent deet. It's been found in the brain and other organs of babies with microcephaly and other brain damage.

Women who are pregnant or breast feeding can safely use deet, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535, according to the EPA.

When applying to your face, spray first on your hands, then rub in, avoiding your eyes and mouth.

At the end of the day, wash treated skin with soap and water, and wash treated clothing in a separate wash before wearing again.

Three cases were travel-related, which means the individuals were infected outside the state.



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