3 pregnant Florida women test positive for Zika virus

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The mosquito is a vector for the proliferation of the Zika virus currently spreading throughout Latin America. New figures from Brazil's Health Ministry show that the Zika virus outbreak has not caused as many confirmed cases of a rare brain defect as first feared. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — Three pregnant women in Florida have tested positive for a history of Zika virus, state health officials announced on Wednesday.

Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong said on Wednesday that several women who have traveled to countries with local transmission of Zika have received antibody testing. Of those women, three have tested positive for a history of Zika virus. (READ: What you should know about the Zika virus)

The state will not release additional details about the women or details about where they live out of respect for their privacy.

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After learning that three pregnant Florida women tested positive for a history of virus, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday requested that the CDC send 250 more Zika antibody tests to the state of Florida.

“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. 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,” said Gov. Scott.

The state has test kits that determine if someone has a history of the Zika virus (antibody test) or if someone is currently infected with the virus (active Zika virus test). Florida currently has the capacity to test 4,793 people for active Zika virus and 1,195 for Zika antibodies.

The Florida Health Department recommends that women who are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant postpone travel to Zika affected areas. There are no locally acquired cases of the Zika virus in Florida.

On Feb. 3, Gov. Scott declared a Zika virus Health Emergency in Hillsborough and three other counties where residents have been diagnosed with the virus. As of Wednesday, Feb. 24, 32 Florida residents have been diagnosed with the Zika virus. Three are Hillsborough residents.

On Tuesday, the CDC announced that U.S. health officials are investigating 14 cases in which men who visited areas with Zika outbreaks may have infected their female sex partners, who had not traveled.

 

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