As the Zika epidemic spreads and more people are diagnosed with the virus, the public health agencies in Florida are urging residents to keep a close eye on their health and the Zika virus.
The Florida Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday that people with known Zika-related health issues should limit contact with family and close their eyes and mouth during the first two weeks of symptoms.
It also recommended that people avoid traveling or living near water bodies with a high concentration of Zika.
The department also recommends that people who have traveled to or lived in Florida for more than two weeks avoid going to parks, swimming pools, beaches and water parks with a concentration of mosquitoes that is between two and 10 times the maximum permissible level.
People who have not traveled to Florida for at least two weeks should also limit their time outdoors to 30 minutes a day.
People with chronic health conditions should stay home from work or school, limit contact between family and friends and stay home if they have a fever, or other symptoms of Zika, the department said.
They should also stay away from pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and people with heart conditions.
The state also issued an advisory for pregnant women who might have Zika to stay home and avoid public gatherings.
It advised them to take their baby to the hospital for testing if the baby has a fever or if the mother is at high risk for complications.
People who have Zika-like symptoms should take their temperature every five minutes, which will give them a general idea of how sick they are.
If the temperature is too high, they can take a blood test to confirm if they are infected with the Zika disease.
The governor of Florida said Wednesday that the governor of neighboring Georgia, whose state has a similar outbreak, is taking the precautionary step of limiting travel to and from Georgia.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that more than 1,200 people had tested positive for Zika, up from a total of 1,100 confirmed cases and one death from the virus last week.
The number of confirmed cases is up from the first day of the outbreak, when the CDC said it had confirmed about 1,300 cases and 1,000 deaths.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Wednesday said it has identified nearly 4,600 Zika-affected people nationwide and about 5,800 cases in Georgia, Mississippi and Texas.