Florida Continue To Offer Zika Tests For Pregnant Women

May 31, 2017 13:15
Florida Continue To Offer Zika Tests For Pregnant Women

There are fewer cases of Zika in Florida as compared to this time in the last year.

During this year, 50 Floridians have caught infected with Zika while traveling, and also four people have caught the Zika virus locally, but officials think that they caught it in the year 2016.

The infected people include 42 pregnant women. In Florida, seven babies were born with the evidence of Zika Congential Syndrome, includes the microcephaly, which is a severe birth defect of the brain.The U.S. Army has been in the process to develop Zika vaccine, but some people are raising concerns that the private drug company which will manufacture the drug will make it too expensive.

Governor Rick Scott said that out of the $61 million dollars spent on the Zika virus in the year 2016, and $25 million of that amount went for accelerating the development of a vaccine or testing the procedures.

“I know the federal government is doing the same thing. We’re gonna work to make sure our citizens can afford it,” Scott said.

The Florida Department of Health will continue to offer the free testing for the Zika virus.

“We continue to offer testing for pregnant women at all of our county health departments. We have increased our lab capacity so that the turnaround time for results will be much shorter, and we have the ability to do all testing within our state, so we will not have to send samples out to the CDC lab in Colorado at this point,” said the Florida Surgeon General, Celeste Phillip.

In the aggregate, Florida has seen more than 1,100 travel cases and also nearly 300 local cases in the year 2016.

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