Health officials hold conference in Tampa to talk about Zika

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) —  People who work on the front lines with expectant mothers learned the very latest information about the Zika Virus at a special conference Friday in Tampa. 

Right now, there are 732 cases of the Zika virus in Florida, although not all are pregnant women.

The Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County held the event to share the most current information with its staff and agency partners, including several Tampa Bay area social service and medical providers.

Pregnant women were also invited to sit in on the session.

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“We are dedicated to giving current and accurate information to all women during and even before pregnancy to prevent the transmission of the Zika Virus,” said Jane Murphy, Executive Director of Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County. 

“We have educational resources for our providers, who serve more than 12,000 pregnant women annually with a multitude of services to help them have healthy babies,” she added.

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Rick had Florida’s Surgeon General establish a hotline for people with questions about Zika.

The Florida Zika Hotline, which is1-855-622-6735 was established in February 2016. It has managed more than 5,600 calls.

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