Florida health officials recently reported a new locally acquired Zika infection in Miami-Dade County and 4 new travel-related cases in South Florida, raising the total number of Zika cases for 2017 to 29 people.
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With 6 travel-related Zika cases already reported, Maryland officials are starting to gear up efforts for a new outbreak of the Zika virus. With researchers tying the mosquito-borne virus to potentially deadly heart problems, adult Zika patients must now see a cardiologist.
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