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What to Know About First Local Zika Outbreak in Continental US

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in the continental U.S., the Zika virus has been spread locally through infected mosquitoes.Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced the first local Zika outbreak Friday, saying that four people have been infected. For months, health experts have warned that a small local outbreak of the disease was likely to occur and that local and state health departments should be ready.Here's what you need to know about the latest Zika outbreak:Where is the outbreak located?The affected area...
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Zika Cases Spike in Puerto Rico as Virus Spreads ‘Silently and Rapidly’

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- The Zika virus is rapidly spreading though Puerto Rico, leading to more than 5,500 infections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday.Puerto Rico has been dealing with the Zika outbreak for months, and Zika infections have spiked recently, rising from 14 percent testing positive among those tested in February to 64 percent in June, the CDC reported. Officials are calling the situation in Puerto Rico "a Zika epidemic."“The virus is silently and rapidly spreading in Puerto Rico,” said Dr. Lyle...
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Teen Battling Bone Cancer Marries High School Sweetheart in Hospital

iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) -- When Swift Myers and Abbi Myers, nee Ruicker, wed on Sunday, it was from the bed at an Oklahoma hospital where Swift Myers, 18, has spent the last month battling cancer.Since seventh grade, Myers has battled Ewing sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that occurs in bones or soft tissues, according to the National Institutes of Health. His latest bout with the disease landed him in an intensive care unit at Saint Frances Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the last month.Two days before their...
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First Outbreak of Locally Transmitted Zika Virus Confirmed in Continental US

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- An outbreak of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Florida, marking the first time the virus has been found to be transmitted via infected mosquitoes within the continental U.S.The outbreak has infected at least four people, three men and one woman, through local transmission, Florida officials said Friday.“This means Florida has become the first state in our nation to have local transmission of the Zika virus," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday.Scott said a small area in northern Miami that is...
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