Florida has been monitoring pregnant women with evidence of Zika regardless of symptoms since January 2016. The total number of pregnant women who have been or are being monitored is 38 for 2017. According to the Florida Department of Health, the Ministry of Health of Brazil has reported an increase in the numbers of newborns with microcephaly in areas experiencing Zika virus outbreaks. Further studies are being conducted to investigate this concern. There are many causes of microcephaly in babies, including genetic abnormalities, environmental factors, and some infections acquired during pregnancy.
postpone travel to areas with widespread Zika infection
If travel is necessary, wear protection against mosquito bites like insect repellent & long clothing; limit time outdoors.
The Health Department will be providing Zika Virus Protection Kits only to pregnant women. For more information in regards to these kits, you can contact the FDOH Miami-Dade Epidemiology Hotline at (305) 324-2400.