TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Zika virus has come to Florida, and Gov. Rick Scott has declared health emergencies in five counties, after at least twelve cases of the mosquito-borne illness turned up in Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough, Santa Rosa, and Broward counties.
Florida health officials say none of the cases originated in Florida or in the United States.
The order allows Florida’s agriculture department to use more bug spray in those counties.
In Kentucky, all five members of a missionary family caught the bug while in Haiti. The Carroll family of Murray spent 16 months there.
"I was broken out with a rash all over my body,” said dad Jason Carroll. “So then the next day I stopped itching, but I felt like I got hit by a train. It hurt all over and just didn't feel good."
They took Tylenol and Benadryl and hoped for the best. The symptoms were gone by the fifth day and everyone got back to normal.
Brazil’s Carnival is a big concern for health officials who see danger in the mix of scantily clad bodies and Zika-infected mosquitos.
Brazil’s ministry of health has confirmed 404 cases, with 3,670 suspected cases.
And that worries Dr. Alan Caplan who heads up the division of bioethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.
Caplan wants Brazil’s government and the International Olympic Committee to delay this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, not only because he fears the fertile feeding ground will help Zika explode, but also because fans may not show up.
If Zika isn’t gone by then, folks are going to be itching for more than gold medals.