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State confirms another locally transmitted Zika case

8

August

Another Floridian is believed to have been infected with Zika after being bitten by a mosquito, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday afternoon.

It's the 17th such case in Florida, but the first in Palm Beach County, according to the governor's office. The patient recently traveled to Miami-Dade County, and it's believed he or she contracted the virus there.

State health officials are still investigating the source of the Palm Beach case.

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Fourteen people have been infected with Zika, which is linked to birth defects, after being bitten by mosquitoes in Miami's Wynwood district. Two additional cases are in Broward County.

As a result of the infection's spread and the beginning of school, Scott announced plans for a public information campaign in public schools, colleges and universities. Public school teachers will be receiving a "Zika teacher toolkit" prepared by the state Department of Health to incorporate Zika prevention into lesson plans.

Additionally, the state will send mosquito repellent to schools in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Monroe and Martin counties.

[Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2016 4:14pm]

    

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