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First Confirmed Case Of Zika In Jacksonville

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The latest confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Florida include a travel-related case in a patient in Jacksonville, the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday.

The latest confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Florida include a travel-related case in a patient in Jacksonville, the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday.

The Duval County case plus new cases in Brevard and Seminole counties bring the total count in the state to 150, not counting 38 cases that involve pregnant women, which are counted separately and not designated by county.

Since this is the first diagnosis of Zika in Jacksonville, the state's declaration of health emergency has been extended to Duval County.

Clay and St. Johns counties have each reported two cases of Zika virus, and Alachua County has four. The vast majority of Florida's cases are in central and south Florida.

Of the cases confirmed in Florida, 10 patients are still exhibiting symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms associated with the Zika virus last seven to 10 days.

The CDC confirmed Thursday that three babies with birth defects caused by Zika have been born in the U.S.

Based on CDC guidance, 38 pregnant women who have traveled to countries with local transmission of Zika virus have received antibody testing. Of those, nine have met the CDC definition for a Zika case.

It is recommended that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to areas affected by the Zika virus.

The health department also encourages people to remove standing water because it could attract mosquitoes.