ABC News is reporting that Florida Governor Rick Scott has activated the emergency response team from the CDC after ten additional cases of the Zika virus were reported in the Miami area. This on the heels of the 4 confirmed cases in the same area last week which were deemed the first time the virus was transmitted via mosquito in the continental United States. Most cases within the United States are still the result of traveling to a country where the virus has an outbreak. The Florida Department of Health confirmed that the ten additional cases were contracted locally, likely by mosquito bites, the department has also tested around 2,300 people for the virus and found 372 infected.
According to ABC News, six of the ten had no symptoms and were identified through a door to door investigation.
Fears of an outbreak are trying to be calmed by the Governor, who reminded Floridians that the state has a proven track record of success managing mosquito-borne viruses, citing previous outbreaks of dengue fever. Authorities say to drain standing water and wear bug spray.
The CDC has issued a warning that pregnant women should avoid unnecessary travel to the affected areas in Florida.