The Latest: Governor talks about Zika tests in Florida


MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

3 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says 2,300 people have been tested for Zika across the state, including 200 people in the affected area in Miami.

Scott updated the media Monday after a meeting with health officials in Pinellas County, which is the Tampa area.

The governor says the tests detected 10 additional cases, bringing the number of cases in the state to 14.

He urged people statewide to eliminate areas of standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

Government health officials are warning that pregnant women should avoid travel to the Zika-stricken part of Miami and urging expectant mothers who frequent the neighborhood to get tested for the virus.

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2:25 p.m.

A 60-year-old Miami man says he has tested positive for the Zika virus after health officials came to his house a few days ago and collected a urine sample.

Rosemary LeBranch told The Associated Press on Monday that health officials took samples from her as well as her mother and father, Gabriel Jean, who tested positive.

She says her father has spoken with a doctor and was advised to wear long shirts and pants when he goes outside. The doctor warned him that he wouldn’t feel well, but LeBranch said he doesn’t have a fever or feel any pain.

Zika is such a mild disease that most who get it don’t even know they’ve been infected, but it can lead to severe brain-related birth defects if women are infected during pregnancy.

LeBranch and her mother tested negative.

The family lives in the area where Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed 10 new infections of the Zika virus, likely transmitted by mosquitoes, bringing the total in the state to 14.

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1:10 p.m.

The CDC has issued a new advisory that says pregnant women should not travel to the so-called Zika “transmission area” in Florida and pregnant women who live there should take steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual spread of the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the advisory Monday after Florida Gov. Rick Scott said there are 10 new infections of the Zika virus likely transmitted by mosquitoes, bringing the total in the state to 14.

The new cases are clustered in the same square-mile neighborhood in Miami-Dade County identified last week. Florida health officials say they believe active transmissions of Zika are occurring only in that area.

The CDC says men and women who have visited this area since June 15 should wait at least eight weeks before trying to conceive. Because Zika infection has been found to linger in sperm for months, men with Zika symptoms should wait at least six months before trying to have a baby with their partner.

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12:35 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is hosting a round-table discussion about the Zika virus and the state’s preparedness.

The discussion is set for 1 p.m. Monday with community leaders in Pinellas County, which is well north of the small area near Miami where active transmissions of Zika are occurring in Florida.

Earlier Monday, Scott said there are 10 new infections of the Zika virus likely transmitted by mosquitoes, bringing the total in the state to 14.

The new cases are clustered in the same square-mile neighborhood in Miami-Dade County identified last week. Florida health officials said in a news release Monday they believe active transmissions of Zika are occurring only in that area.

U.S. health officials do not expect widespread outbreaks of the sort seen in Brazil and Latin America. Although most people who get Zika don’t know they’re sick, infection during pregnancy can cause babies to be born with small heads and other defects.

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11:30 a.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says there are 10 new infections of the Zika virus likely transmitted by mosquitoes, bringing the total in the state to 14.

The new cases are clustered in the same square-mile neighborhood in Miami-Dade County identified last week. Florida health officials said in a news release Monday they believe active transmissions of Zika are occurring only in that area.

U.S. health officials do not expect widespread outbreaks of the sort seen in Brazil and Latin America. Although most people who get Zika don’t know they’re sick, infection during pregnancy can cause babies to be born with small heads and other defects.

More than 1,650 people in the mainland U.S. have been infected with Zika in recent months, nearly all while traveling abroad.

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