08 Apr Two Reported Cases of Zika in Palm Beach Country
With two reported cases of Zika in Palm Beach County, the state of Florida has declared a public health crisis. As of March 23rd, Florida holds more than 25% of the cases of Zika in the United States.
As with most cases of Zika in the US, one individual is reported to have contracted the disease from a recent trip to South America. Symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, and joint pain; the disease is most dangerous to pregnant women, due to the confirmed link between Zika and birth defects including microcephaly. Microcephaly is a disease that causes infants to be born with smaller-than-average heads resulting in developmental and serious health issues in newborn children.
Though neither of the individuals who have contracted the disease is pregnant, the discovery of the disease in Palm Beach County poses a very real threat to expecting mothers in the area. So far Miami-Dade and Broward Counties have the most cases of Zika in the state. Health officials fear that infected travelers are coming to the U.S. from regions where the disease is widespread.
Palm Beach County is being proactive. Crews have begun spraying repellent in the neighborhood of the second individual who was infected and are looking for areas where mosquitoes might breed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that there are 312 reported cases of Zika in the United States. With the numbers gradually growing, communities will have to be more proactive in protecting themselves and warding off mosquitoes.
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