On July 29, 2016, the Florida Department of Health has notified the public there is a “high likelihood” that four cases of the Zika virus reported as originating in Miami-Dade county are non-travel related infections.

The geographical area of the infections is concentrated to one square mile of the county. Health officials believe the patients were infected by the local mosquito population, but report that no mosquitos in the area have tested positive for the virus to date.

Blood banks in the area have temporarily suspended donations from within the county, and,  health officials will be conducting urine tests throughout the area, to determine if others are infected.

If officials’ suspicions of the origin of the infections prove true, these four cases cases will be the first non-travel related cases reported within the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico, which has reported 4,666 non-travel related Zika cases.)

The House failed to act on the President’s request for $1.9 billion in Zika funding prior to the end of its summer session on July 15, 2016. The House will not return until after September 6, 2016, some time after the height of the hotter temperatures of summer, which is the period scientists suggest carries the greatest threat of the spread of the virus.

The CDC has not yet updated its website to reflect the current cases.

CDC: Zika virus disease in the United States, 2015 – 2016.

 

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