Two cases of Zika found in Southwest Florida

Posted at 2:22 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 06:27:36-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- 2 cases of the Zika virus have surfaced in Lee County.

With warm weather and showers back in the forecast, officials are urging residents to do their part in preventing mosquito bites. The insects are known to transmit the Zika virus.  
“No one has gotten Zika virus from our local mosquitoes," said Shelly Redovan with Lee County Mosquito Control.
Zika can cause pain, irritation and rashes.  Women who are pregnant or are of child bearing age are urged not to travel to countries where the outbreak has occurred. 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named 30 countries where Zika outbreaks have occurred, including Mexico.  
Passengers at RSW on a non-stop flight from Cancun to Ft. Myers said they weren't too worried about the virus.
"We did some SCUBA, did some excursions so we took adequate precautions," said Peter Zimmerman of Naples. He said he used mosquito repellent with the additive DEET.
Redovan is urging homeowners to eliminate any standing water in their yard to reduce the chance any disease will be transmitted by mosquitos.  So far there are no local outbreaks of the Zika virus anywhere in the U.S.
You can visit the CDC's website here to see a list of the countries affected: