MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Another locally-acquired case of the Zika virus has been found outside the hot zones in Wynwood and Miami Beach.READ MORE: New Daily Virus Cases In Florida Lowest Since July
Governor Rick Scott announced Wednesday that a non-travel related case of the mosquito-borne virus was detected in Palm Beach County. This new case is not connected to another Palm Beach County non-travel related case that was announced earlier this month.
Palm Beach County joins Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties in having infections confirmed as occurring locally.
“To date we have a total of 43 cases that are non-travel related in the entire state,” Scott said.
More than 500 other cases have stemmed from people bringing the virus into the state after being infected elsewhere.
Much of the state’s focus has been on Miami’s Wynwood area, where local transmissions were first discovered, but health officials said last Friday that cases were also found on Miami Beach. The Centers for Disease Control says pregnant women are advised to avoid non-essential travel to the impacted areas in Miami-Dade.Spacex's 1st Tourists Homeward Bound After 3 Days In Orbit
On Wednesday, Miami-Dade Mosquito Control crews were busy at it again on Miami Beach, hitting dozens of neighborhoods with pesticide and removing standing water.
The impact zone on Miami Beach goes from 8th Street to 28th Street, from the beach on the east side of the island to the bay on the west.
The Department of Health knocked on doors informing people of the Zika risk, passing out kits and even collecting urine samples.
Also on Wednesday, Scott called out the Centers for Disease Control for failing to make good on a promise.
In a statement released to the media he said he “Requested that the CDC provide Florida with 5,000 Zika antibody tests, but they have only sent less than 1,200,” which he calls “unacceptable.”
The CDC fired back in its own statement – saying essentially that’s not true. They said they sent what the state told them to send – 2,000 lab tests.
They went on to say “Another shipment expected to arrive on Thursday, August 25. This gives Florida the ability to conduct 6,300 Zika antibody tests.”MORE NEWS: Report: Miami-Dade School District Misused $6M For Driver’s Ed Programs