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Florida has six new cases of Zika virus

This photo provided by the Agriculture Department shows an aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. Mosquitoes in the Aedes species are most likely to transmit the Zika virus and are commonly found in Florida and other tropical climates. [Times files]

This photo provided by the Agriculture Department shows an aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. Mosquitoes in the Aedes species are most likely to transmit the Zika virus and are commonly found in Florida and other tropical climates. [Times files]

The Florida Department of Health is reporting six new cases of the Zika virus in Florida, bringing the statewide total to nine.

Two of those cases are in Hillsborough County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. All of the reported cases are travel-related, health officials said.

Although the CDC has not identified Florida as an "area of local Zika risk," the Florida Department of Health said it is monitoring the disease.

The virus is a mosquito-borne infection linked to birth defects in Brazil that causes infants to be born with abnormally small heads.

None of Florida's confirmed cases involve pregnant women, according to the CDC.

In addition to the two cases in Hillsborough, there are four in Miami-Dade County, two in Lee County and one in Santa Rosa County.

"Florida has many years of success in containing other mosquito-borne diseases and emerging health threats," Dr. John Armstrong, the state Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, said in a prepared statement. "Through these experiences, the department remains ready to protect residents and visitors from the Zika virus."

Florida has six new cases of Zika virus 02/03/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:53pm]
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