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February 25, 2016

Three pregnant women in Florida test positive for Zika virus

The women had all traveled outside the country

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed three pregnant state residents have tested positive for the Zika virus, all after having traveled outside the country, the Miami Herald reports.

To date, Florida has 32 confirmed cases of Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that’s been raging through Central and South America and may be linked to physical and neurological birth defects, namely babies being born with abnormally small heads, or microcephaly.

Florida officials have not identified the three women or the areas where they traveled. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott also reportedly requested that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention send 250 additional Zika antibody tests to the state.

Read more at the Miami Herald.

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