Thursday, February 25, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott requests more Zika test kits after three pregnant women test positive

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 6:06 AM

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 250 more Zika virus antibody tests for the state, according to the daily Zika update from the Florida Department of Health. The state department is also reporting three pregnant women tested positive for travel-related cases of mosquito-borne virus. 

So far, Florida has 32 reported cases of Zika including the three women, and all of them were acquired outside of the state. Orange County has reported two cases of the virus, while Osceola County has one reported case, the FDOH reports. 

"The CDC recommends that a pregnant woman with a history of Zika virus and her provider should consider additional ultrasounds," the report says. "...It is recommended that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to Zika affected areas." 

Only three Floridians with the Zika virus are still exhibiting symptoms, according to health officials. Signs that you may have been infected include a fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, headache and muscle pain. 

The state has used 255 Zika test kits since Feb. 9 and still has 1,195 tests available, according to a press release from Scott's office.  

"Following the news that three pregnant women tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling to Latin America, we have requested additional antibody tests to ensure we keep a good supply of resources to keep our families safe," Scott says in a statement. "I appreciate that the CDC has previously supplied Florida with these antibody tests and I ask that the CDC take immediate action to fulfill this request so we can continue to stay ahead of the possible spread of the Zika virus in Florida." 

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