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When Zika virus made headlines because of its link with the neurological disorder microcephaly, it became the latest in a growing list of mosquito-borne viruses for Americans to worry about.

MIAMI, Fla. – Authorities in Florida believe mosquitoes in that state likely infected more than a dozen people with the Zika virus.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced on Monday that the Zika virus has been locally transmitted to 14 people.

Only eight of those patients showed symptoms, and six others were identified through a door-to-door community survey.

“Today, DOH has confirmed that 10 additional people have contracted the Zika virus locally, likely through a mosquito bite. DOH has been testing individuals in three locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for possible local transmissions through mosquito bites. Based on DOH’s investigations, two locations have been ruled out for possible local transmissions of the Zika virus. DOH believes local transmissions are still only occurring in the same square mile area of Miami,” Gov. Scott said.

So far, health officials believe the virus is being spread in the Miami-Dade County area, north of downtown.

Gov. Scott has called upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to activate a CDC Emergency Response Team to help the Florida Department of Health.

Officials also urge pregnant women in the area to contact their OB/GYN to receive a Zika prevention kit.