How does it work? A guide to Florida’s Zika virus outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that Florida has had more than 10,800 confirmed cases of Zika virus and more than 4,300 confirmed cases since the virus was first detected on Sept. 11.
The state is still at risk of having more than 30,000 new cases and has had fewer than 300 confirmed cases, according to the state.
The CDC said the virus is spreading by sexual contact, with more than 200 cases reported since Sept. 12, including a woman who was infected after traveling to Puerto Rico.
Florida is one of several states reporting cases that are outpacing the national total of 1,079, the CDC said.
In a statement, Gov.
Rick Scott said Florida is facing a “historic” situation.
The governor said he’s ordered the state’s medical director and the head of the Florida Department of Health to “prepare and coordinate emergency responses and preparedness for the Zika virus epidemic.”
The CDC says there have been 5,300 cases in the state so far.
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Scott said the governor had ordered the health director to travel to the CDC headquarters in Atlanta to speak to officials.
He said the meeting will take place on Wednesday.
The Florida health director will meet with Dr. Margaret Chan, acting director of the Centers for Diseases Control and Infectious Diseases (CDC), and Dr. Elizabeth Czernich, acting associate director for the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Chan and Cznerich will also discuss how to “coordinate emergency responses” to the Zika outbreak and what measures the state has taken to protect its citizens.
A CDC statement said the office is “the best place for the department to share best practices and provide leadership on the rapidly evolving and complex Zika response.”
Chan and Czenich have been working with the CDC since mid-September to assess the state and prepare for the spread of the virus, the statement said.
Florida has had 1,719 confirmed Zika cases and 1,829 probable cases, compared to more than 5,000 confirmed cases and nearly 1,700 probable cases in September.
According to the latest data from the CDC, the state had 4.8 confirmed Zika infections per 100,000 residents, while Florida had 7.4.
There were 633,000 people living in Florida as of Sept. 17, up more than 1,100 from the same time a year ago.
It was also the first time the state recorded more than 400 new cases of the Zika and the state reported a total of 4,037 cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome.
In other states that have seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases in Florida, Colorado and Washington, Washington state are also reporting more cases than Florida, the Centers For Disease Control said.