Three new cases of the Zika virus were confirmed in Florida today, bringing total there to 99, state health officials say.
The new cases were reported in Martin and Palm Beach counties, and there was also one case of a pregnant woman. The state’s health department does not stipulate the county in the case of pregnant women. State health officials also extended its Declaration of Public Health Emergency to include Martin County.
Of the cases reported in Florida, three people are still exhibiting symptoms. Symptoms include rash, fever and joint pain. Symptoms of the virus last between seven to 10 days.
The first U.S. death caused by the virus has occurred in Puerto Rico, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The victim, who was in his 70’s, died from internal bleeding, but the case was just attributed to a rare immune reaction to the infection, officials said. Puerto Rico now has 683 confirmed cases.
The total number of Zika cases within the continental United States remains at 426, the CDC said last week. All of the cases are travel related; none have been locally acquired, the agency said.
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