New case a Zika reported in Lee County

Posted at 2:55 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 14:55:39-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - State health officials confirmed Monday a new case of Zika has been found in Lee County, the 4th total in the county.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the new case, as with all other Florida cases, is travel-related.

There have been a total of 85 know cases of Zika in Florida, although only 6 are still exhibiting symptoms.   According to the CDC, symptoms associated with the Zika virus last between seven to 10 days.

Top U.S. health officials say the more they learn about Zika, the scarier the virus appears and they still need more money to fight the mosquitoes that spread it - and for research into vaccines and treatments.

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says he's "not an alarmist," but he cites recent discoveries about how destructive Zika appears to be to fetal brains. There also are reports of rare neurologic problems in adults, too.

The Obama administration is using some leftover money from the Ebola fight to pay for Zika research but that's just a fraction of the $1.9 billion it sought from Congress.

Fauci says the $589 million now available is a "temporary stopgap" and it's "not enough for us to get the job done."