TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two more cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Miami-Dade County, Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong announced Tuesday in his daily report.
Health officials said 19 residents in Miami-Dade County have contracted the virus, leading the state's number of Zika patients.
The number of Floridians who have contracted the virus while traveling to other countries now stands at 44. Armstrong said four of the cases involve pregnant women, but their county of residency has not been released out of respect for their privacy.
Although the virus has not been contracted locally, Armstrong urges Floridians to drain standing water weekly, no matter how seemingly small. He said just a couple of drops of water in a bottle cap can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
People are also urged to wear bug repellent when outdoors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Zika virus typically causes a mild rash, fever and joint pain. Only one in five people infected with the virus are symptomatic.
As of Tuesday, Armstrong said only five patients in Florida are still experiencing symptoms. Pregnant women infected by the virus are urged to undergo additional ultrasounds.
Below is a list of counties with patients who have contracted the Zika virus in other countries.
Alachua County - 1 case
Brevard County - 1 case
Broward County - 6 cases
Hillsborough County - 3 cases
Lee County - 3 cases
Miami-Dade County - 19 cases
Orange County - 3
Osceola County - 1 case
Santa Rosa County - 1 case
Seminole County - 1
St. Johns County - 1 case
*Cases involving pregnant women - 4
For more information about the Zika virus, call the Florida Zika virus information hotline at 1-855-622-6735.