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US Authorities Discover 15th Case of Non-Travel Related Zika in Florida

The Florida Department of Health found a new case of non-travel related Zika virus infection.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Florida Department of Health (DOH) found a new case of non-travel related Zika virus infection in an individual in Palm Beach County, Florida, Governor Rick Scott said on Monday.

"Today, DOH has announced they are investigating one new individual with non-travel related Zika in Palm Beach County," Scott stated.

A statement released by Scott indicated that the person had recently traveled to Miami-Dade County, and the Department of Health is working to determine the source of the infection.

Moreover, health officials said they still believe all transmissions are occurring in the same one-square mile area of the city of Miami, where 14 other cases have been identified since July 29.

The current Zika outbreak started in Brazil in the spring of 2015. The virus is transmitted by daytime-active mosquitos, and an infection does not cause serious complications in adults. However, the virus can cause severe brain defects and microcephaly in newborns.

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