Update as of 8/1/2016 at 11:35 am: Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) now reports that the number of Zika virus cases has increased from 4 to 14 in a one square mile area in his state.


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports four new cases of Zika Virus infection in the United States. The cases were identified in Florida, appear to be isolated, and were not transported through infected persons who arrived from other countries and regions in which the virus is now endemic.

Authorities in Florida are bracing for further spread of Zika-related illness, which is particularly dangerous to the pre-born children of pregnant women. The CDC does not anticipate rapid or extensive spread of the mosquito species that transmits Zika virus to humans, but has published an action plan for all communities in which the virus has been identified.

For Arizona residents, there is no current need for action, unless they anticipate travel to areas in which the virus has already been identified. However, there are some basic steps that everyone may take in general to reduce the impact of the mosquito population locally:

  1. Ensure that all windows and doors are screened to prevent entry of mosquitoes into living areas;
  2. Eliminate from all surroundings pools of stagnant water in which mosquitoes breed; and
  3. Use proper attire and approved topical sprays and creams when outside, early in the evenings and late at night, to repel mosquitos.


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