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6 New Travel-Related Cases of Zika Reported in Florida

Zika virus
Posted at 9:32 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 13:26:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida health officials say they've reported six new travel-related cases of the Zika virus to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Florida Department of Health announced the new cases in a news release Tuesday. All of the cases were believed to be contracted outside of the state.

Florida has reported a total of nine travel-associated cases to the federal government, including four cases in Miami-Dade County, two cases in Hillsborough, two cases in Lee and one case in Santa Rosa. None of the cases involve pregnant women.

Zika fever illness is generally mild with a rash, fever and joint pain. CDC researchers are examining a possible link between the virus and unborn babies exposed during pregnancy.