By Philips Sunday
Florida, (AN24) – No fewer than 84 pregnant women have tested positive for the Zika virus in Florida, the state health officials confirmed on Thursday.
Each of the 84 women have been advised by Doctors to go public about their diagnosis and discuss their concerns, but only one has agreed to do so.
Also doctors have said they expect to see an influx of Florida babies born to mothers who contracted the virus in about five or six months.
Doctors also confirmed that a baby was born with microcephaly at Jackson Memorial Hospital and in total, 15 pregnant women who have delivered at the hospital have tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus, Dr. Christine Curry said.
Those women are being monitored by doctors at the hospital.
“Zika is a thing. Zika is real, and while we don’t understand it fully, that is not a reason to dismiss its impact,” Curry said Wednesday at a Miami Beach Commission meeting.
So far, there have been 604 travel-related infections confirmed in the state and 56 locally acquired cases, with the majority being contracted in Miami-Dade County.
Pregnant women who live in or have to traveled to South Florida are urged to wear insect repellent, long clothing and limit their time outdoors.
Meanwhile, the University of Miami is taking a leading role in dealing with the Zika virus outbreak, launching the Zika Global Network.