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This award-winning blog supplements the articles in Hospital Infection Control & Prevention.

Florida at Zika Crossroads with 7 New Cases of Mosquito Transmission

September 7th, 2016

By Gary Evans, AHC Media Senior Staff Writer

Public health officials in Florida have confirmed seven new cases of local Zika virus infection spread by mosquitoes, bringing the total of non-travel related cases to 56 in the state.

Six of the new cases are associated with an ongoing investigation in Miami Beach. The remaining case is a new investigation in Miami-Dade County.

Health officials continue door-to-door outreach and targeted testing in Pinellas, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

Mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place around the locations that are being investigated.

"[We believe] ongoing transmission is only taking place within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County,” the department said in an update statement.

In addition to the local transmission cases, as of Sept. 6 Florida had 577 travel-related cases and 80 Zika infections in pregnant women.

For all the latest AHC Zika coverage, please visit reliasmedia.com/Zika.