Published: Mon, August 15, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

Another Zika case reported outside Miami's transmission zone

Another Zika case reported outside Miami's transmission zone

Florida health officials say they're investigating a new Zika case outside a Miami neighborhood where mosquitoes have spread the virus to over two dozen people. It has also been associated with other adverse pregnancy outcomes, including miscarriage, stillbirth, and serious neurological problems.

As of August 12, the Puerto Rico health department reported 10,690 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika, including infections in 1,035 pregnant women.

Zika virus is primarily transmitted through a mosquito bite, and there is no indication that it can spread from person to person through casual contact.

An adult female mosquito is seen uder a microscope at the Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease.

State epidemiologist Tracy Murphy says most states already have reported travel-related Zika illnesses.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said she will transfer $34 million from her agency to the National Institutes of Health and will transfer another $47 million to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the newspaper reported.

The last time HHS declared such an emergency was in 2012 in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which slammed into the New Jersey shore and flooded parts of New York City. The action gives the government access to additional funding to fight Zika as congressional efforts to allocate money remain stalled.

In the absence of any funding from Congress, the Obama administration announced on Thursday that it will transfer $81 million from existing federal health programs to continue work on developing a Zika vaccine.

There is now no vaccine or cure for Zika, which has spread to more than 50 countries and territories since the outbreak began past year in Brazil.

"Zika poses a hidden threat to future generations of Puerto Ricans, and I feel the responsibility to do everything in my power to fight the spread of it", he said.

Three more people in Florida have tested positive for Zika caused by local mosquitoes, including another person who does not live in the one-square-mile (2.6-square-km) area believed to be the hub of local transmission, state officials said on Friday.

A bill providing $1.1 billion was blocked by Democrats after Republicans attached language to stop abortion-provider Planned Parenthood from using that government funding for healthcare services, mainly in USA territories like Puerto Rico.

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