Here’s everything you need to know about Florida’s healthcare system.
Florida, the epicenter of the Zika outbreak, is now home to more than 200 confirmed cases of the disease, which has been linked to microcephaly.
“Florida is one of the most populous states in the country and we know that many more cases of Zika are expected to emerge,” said Dr. William Schaffner, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is coordinating Florida’s response to the disease.
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 500,000 babies are born every year in Florida.
The first cases of microcephelas were confirmed in March and have been linked mainly to pregnant women.
Florida’s Department of Health and Human Services has reported an increase in the number of confirmed cases, with a total of 9,400 cases reported.
Some of the reasons for the spike include people using personal protective equipment (PPE) that includes face masks and gloves and more recent cases of travel-related travel to the United States, said Dr Peter Kamin, a professor at Florida State University School of Medicine.
He also said that Florida’s health care system has been slow to respond.
Kamin has been tracking microcepheles in the state since it was revealed in March that the first cases had been reported in the Miami area.
Since then, Florida has been battling Zika through a combination of vaccines and more intensive screening, but Schaffners warning about Zika-related microcephoneas has sparked alarm in the healthcare system and among medical professionals.
More than 6 million people are estimated to be infected with the virus and more than 7,000 have died from the disease so far.
For a while now, there have been a lot of questions about whether people who are infected are more likely to be carriers, said David Gavigan, president and CEO of the Association of Florida Physicians and Surgeons.
Gavigan told Business Insider that the question of whether to use PPE and masks has been debated for years, and he thinks it’s time for doctors to start thinking about this question in a more proactive way.
A lot of physicians think that the most effective way to deal with the Zika epidemic is to not get infected, and they don’t want to have to use masks and PPE.
But it seems to me that there’s been a shift in the medical community from the notion that we need to have a mask or PPE to the notion of what’s best for the individual, said Gavigans wife, Dr. Jennifer Gavigian, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Orlando.
She added that people who have been vaccinated are more willing to use protective gear because they know they’re going to be in the hospital.
Dr. Mark Zimel, a public health professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, told Business Insiders that he doesn’t see any major change in the current state of Florida health care.
Zimel said that in general, doctors tend to stick to what works for their patients.
But he said that he thinks Florida should look at its health care delivery system to make sure that it’s safe for everyone.
There are some states that have had problems with the way they’ve delivered care, and it’s a concern, said Zimell.
What is the outlook for the Zika virus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is currently believed to be spreading at a slower rate than previous outbreaks and it has been found in more places than previous pandemic.
We’re still dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic, and we’re still seeing an impact from that, Dr Robert Baum, a health care policy analyst at the Pew Charitable Trusts, told The Associated Press.
While Zika can be transmitted through contact with an infected person, the new cases have been found primarily in Brazil and the Caribbean, which makes the virus more difficult to track and treat.
Read more about the Zika pandemic at NBC News Health and Science.
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