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Governor Scott Issues State of Emergency Over Zika Virus

Governor Scott Issues State of Emergency Over Zika Virus

Because authorities have reported six new cases of the Zika virus in Central Florida, Governor Scott has declared a health emergency.

None of the cases appear to be of local origin, and officials say they believe all of the cases are travel-related.

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Four Florida counties have been declared health emergencies, including Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough, and Santa Rosa.

There have been nine reported cases of Zika in Florida. Four were reported in Miami-Dade County, two in Hillsborough and Lee Counties, and one in Santa Rosa County.

Health officials say that the virus is usually mild, with symptoms including a fever, rash, and joint pain. The virus occasionally will cause conjunctivitis.

What worries health officials, is that pregnant women are at risk of having babies born with birth defects if infected with the virus.

The virus can be passed from one infected person to another by mosquitos during the first week or two of being infected. Due to that fact, officials are advising those infected to avoid contact with mosquitos for at least two weeks.

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Samuel M. McCall attended Auburn University and has an MBA in Accounting. He currently lives near Tampa, Florida with his wife. They are fans of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Lightning. And, during football season you'll hear Sam yelling "War Eagle" around the house on Saturdays which sometimes startles the two Rotti's, Ruger and Lyric. Sam's favorite read, "To Kill A Mockingbird." Favorite movie, "Unforgiven." You can follow Sam on Twitter @Dixiehighways

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