Governor Scott on Zika virus: prepare for the worst, hope for the best

- Governor Rick Scott addressed the state's readiness for the Zika virus at a news conference at the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County saying he wants to "prepare for the worst, and hope for the best." 

The briefing comes one day after the governor declared a health state of emergency for four counties, including Hillsborough. Officials confirmed two cases of  Zika in the county, both involving people who traveled outside the United States.

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Governor Scott announced Broward County was now added to the list of counties with Zika virus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the state up to 12.

Other cases have been reported around the state, including Lee, Santa Rosa and Miami-Dade counties.

According to the Center for Disease Control ,the Zika virus spreads through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Symptoms can last for several days or several weeks.

At Thursday's news conference, Governor Scott has asked the CDC for more Zika testing kits. The virus can be tested in two ways, one for active Zika cases, another as an antibody test to see if a person has ever had the Zika virus. The latter would be especially helpful to pregnant women who have traveled abroad to affected countries.

The CDC urges pregnant women to use caution when traveling to areas where the virus has been reported.

The virus causes no more than a mild illness in most people. But there is mounting evidence from Brazil suggesting infection in pregnant women is linked to abnormally small heads in their babies — a birth defect called microcephaly.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Stay with FOX 13 for the latest.

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