3rd case of Zika virus found in Lee County

Posted at 2:25 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 21:49:34-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Health officials in Florida have confirmed that a 3rd case of the Zika virus has been discovered in Lee County.

In an update Thursday from the Florida Department of Health, a total of 18 cases are reported statewide.  Miami-Dade County has the most cases, with 7.  Other counties where the virus has been discovered are: Hillsborough (3), Broward (2), Osceola (1), Santa Rosa (1), and St. Johns (1).

None of the cases were contracted in the state, and none involve pregnant women.

A Declaration of Public Health Emergency has been issued for the counties of residents with travel-associated cases.

The Centers for Disease Control is hosting a conference call and webinar with Florida hospital workers Thursday afternoon to discuss the spread of the Zika virus.

State and federal health officials will discuss symptoms, treatments and other precautions with doctors and others who work with pregnant women. The mosquito-borne virus is rapidly spreading through Latin America and may be linked to babies being born with unusually small heads.

For more information on the Zika virus, click here.