JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The Health Department has confirmed that a person living in Duval County has the Zika Virus. Florida has the most confirmed Zika cases in the country.
All have been travel related, but experts say they believe that will change during the summer.
As of Thursday, there have been 188 Zika virus cases in Florida. Most of them are in the Miami area but the first coast is now seeing cases. Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen is the Chief of Pediatrics at UF Health and the former head of the Duval Department of Health.
"We need to all be very vigilant about the places where mosquitoes breed are eliminated, again they can breed in a thimble of water," he says.
Governor Rick Scott is calling on lawmakers to provide more money to states to help detect and treat people with the virus. Goldhagen says those tests are expensive.
"And they are not generally available. So some of those dollars are to expand the capacity in the state to test people to determine whether or not been infected," he says.
So what should you do to protect yourself? Goldhagen says wear repellant, tip over any containers that have water in them.
"Our health department and communities will be doing what they can to eliminate as much as possible - the daytime mosquito. So the community needs to work together but not to panic," he says.
For those who are infected, Zika can stay in your blood stream for weeks and in men’s semen for up to 60 days. If you have had any zika like symptoms, you’re urged to see a doctor.