In this Outbreak NewsBites podcast, I look briefly at new research from the University of South Florida (USF) on Zika virus vertical transmission. See the paper here: Zika Virus–Infected Decidual Cells Elicit a Gestational Age–Dependent Innate Immune Response and Exaggerate Trophoblast Zika Permissiveness: Implication for Vertical Transmission  Continue Reading

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Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), along with Congressmen Dennis Ross (FL-15) and David Jolly (FL-13), recently sent a letter to bipartisan leaders of Congress requesting additional funding and resources to address the Zika virus. The members write: “To date, health officials have identified roughly 500 travel-related infections of the Zika virusContinue Reading

With the reports of five additional locally transmitted Zika virus infections in the state of Florida, including the first case in Pinellas County, US Representative for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, David Jolly had some things to say about calling on Congress to return to Washington, D.C. to pass a long-term Zika fundingContinue Reading

Since Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has announced they, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are investigating two possible non-travel related cases of Zika virus–one in Miami-Dade County and one in Broward County. These latest developments have some saying Florida may have it’s first ZikaContinue Reading

The number of travel associated Zika virus cases in the state of Florida increased by another 11 today as the Florida Department of Health reported additional cases in Broward (3), Orange (3), Miami-Dade (2), Hillsborough (1), Osceola (1) and the first case to date in Lake County. For Hillsborough County, this isContinue Reading

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Florida health officials reported Friday on two additional travel associated Zika virus cases in the state, one in Pasco County and one in Orange County. This is the sixth case reported in Orange County while Pasco County is reporting it’s first case. Pasco has been added to the list of counties inContinue Reading