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Three Pregnant Women Test Positive for Zika in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott has asked for 250 more Zika antibody tests from the CDC

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    Three pregnant women in Florida have tested positive for Zika virus after traveling from outside the U.S., state health officials said Wednesday. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016)

    Three pregnant women in Florida have tested positive for Zika virus after traveling from outside the U.S., state health officials said Wednesday.

    Officials aren't releasing what counties the women are from or any other information out of respect for their privacy.

    The total number of Zika cases in Florida is 32. All of them are travel-related and only three cases are still exhibiting symptoms, officials said.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott has asked the CDC to send 250 additional Zika antibody tests to the state following Wednesday's news.

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    "Following the news that three pregnant women tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling to Latin America, we have requested additional antibody tests to ensure we keep a good supply of resources to keep our families safe," Scott said in a statement. "I appreciate that the CDC has previously supplied Florida with these antibody tests and I ask that the CDC take immediate action to fulfill this request so we can continue to stay ahead of the possible spread of the Zika virus in Florida."

    The Florida Department of Health recommend that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to Zika-affected areas.

    Symptoms associated with the Zika virus last between seven to ten days, according to the CDC.

    Anyone seeking information can call Florida's Zika Virus Information Hotline at 1-855-622-6735 or visit floridahealth.gov.

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