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Zika Virus Information

The Florida Department of Health issues a Zika update every weekday; access it at FloridaHealth.gov and click the daily link in the top left corner.

The Department confirms that there are no locally-acquired cases of Zika virus transmission in Charlotte County, Florida. This includes Punta Gorda, Englewood-Cape Haze, Port Charlotte, Placida,  Boca Grande, Don Pedro Island, El Jobean, Little Gasparilla Island, Manasota Key and Palm Island. 

Per the Governor’s direction on August 3, all county health departments are now offering free Zika risk assessment and testing to any pregnant woman who would like to be tested.

Florida’s small cluster of locally-acquired Zika cases are occurring about 200 miles away from the Charlotte County. The Florida Department of Health does not not consider this a widespread transmission.  

For a complete breakdown of non-travel and travel-related Zika infections to-date, visit FloridaHealth.gov and for more information visit their Facebook page.

DOH continues outreach and targeted testing in Miami-Dade County and mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place around the locations that are being investigated.

One case does not mean ongoing active transmission is taking place. DOH conducts a thorough investigation by sampling close contacts and community members around each case to determine if additional people are infected. If DOH finds evidence that active transmission is occurring in an area, the media and the public will be notified.

The Florida Department of Health has requested that all consumer questions continue to be directed to the state Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735.

Other Resources:

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About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast Visitor and Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at CharlotteHarborTravel.com.