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Number of Florida Zika virus cases climbs to 20

This is a transmission electron micrograph of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. Virus particles are 40 nm in diameter, with an outer envelope, and an inner dense core. The arrow identifies a single virus particle. Image Courtesy: CDC.

Alachua County joined the list of counties now dealing with the Zika virus in Florida.

The number of cases has climbed to 20 in Florida, with the virus now showing itself in eight counties, one more than Thursday.

The second new case of Zika virus surfaced in Broward County.

The Florida Department of Health is expanding the Public Health Emergency to Alachua County as a result.

Health experts say all the cases are travel-related.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Zika illness is generally mild with a rash, fever and joint pain. CDC researchers are examining a possible link between the virus and harm to unborn babies exposed during pregnancy.

According to its website, the Department of Health has a robust mosquito-borne illness surveillance system and is working with the CDC, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and local county mosquito control boards to ensure that the proper precautions are being taken to protect Florida residents and visitors.

The state set up a Zika virus hotline. It's 855-622-6735.





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