Florida Officials: 3 Pregnant Women Test Positive For Zika Virus


The Florida Department of Health announced today that three pregnant women have tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling outside the United States.

Out of respect for the privacy of these women, their identities, the counties in which they reside and countries to which they traveled will not be shared, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong said.

After state officials learned of these three cases, Governor Rick Scott requested that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention send 250 additional Zika antibody tests to the state, the Florida Department of Health announced.

According to the CDC, symptoms associated with the Zika virus — a mosquito-borne pathogen — last between seven to ten days.

On Feb. 12, Florida activated a Zika virus information hotline for Florida residents and visitors. The hotline has assisted 683 callers so far, the Department of Health said

David Caplan

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