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Florida confirms three cases of ZIKV

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 1:58 PM

AP:

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed three cases of the Zika virus (ZIKV) in Florida, including two in Miami-Dade County.

It is reported that the health department said Tuesday that the three people contracted the mosquito-borne virus while visiting South America.

Health officials say the two cases in Miami-Dade County involve people who travelled to Colombia in December.

The third case involves a Hillsborough County resident who travelled to Venezuela in December.

According to health officials, the virus is quickly spreading through South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

ZIKV may cause a fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis and could be dangerous for pregnant women or women of childbearing age.

While no cases have been contracted in Florida, health officials are warning people to be cautious.

Jamaica is also on heightened alert for ZIKV.