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Zika cases continue to inch up in Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, FL (WWSB) - The number of Zika cases continue to inch up in Florida. According to the state Department of Health website, Florida has had 66 reported cases of the mosquito-borne virus this year, with the number increasing slightly during the past three weeks.

All 66 cases reported are considered travel related, generally meaning people were infected with the virus elsewhere and brought it into the state.

As of Tuesday, Collier County had 25 reported cases, while Miami-Dade County had the next-highest total at 16 cases.

Orange County had nine reported cases, while other cases were reported in Broward, Palm Beach, Lee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Osceola, Hernando and Walton counties.

No Zika cases have been reported in Sarasota or Manatee counties so far this year.

The disease, which caused major concerns in 2016, is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

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