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Health expert weighs in on Zika cases in South Florida

3 Zika patients from Florida contracted virus in South America

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – There are three confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the state of Florida. Two of the cases are in Miami-Dade, but neither were contracted in the Sunshine State.   

Dr. Hector Bolivar from University of Miami Health specializes in infectious disease. 

"There have been three local cases right here in Florida, two here in Dade County from two people coming from Colombia," Bolivar said. "Colombia has a lot of cases, and then the other case was coming from Venezula.”

Zika is transmitted through mosquitos and some of the symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes. 

Doctors say about 80 percent of the people who get the virus will not know that they have it.

Expecting mothers are at greater risk and the virus has been linked to birth defects in Brazil.

"In Brazil, many newborns were having microcephaly," Bolivar said.

Zika started in South Africa and Asia but started spreading through South America last year.

The Center For Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning for areas prone to the virus in South America.  

If you are forced to travel to parts of the country prone to Zika, Boliva recommends using mosquito repellant and avoiding areas where mosquitos tend to gather.