Zika Virus in Florida


aedes-aegyptiPhoto & Graphic Courtesy: Florida Department of Health

Three new travel-related cases, all  located in Miami-Dade County were reported as of August 2, 2016. They were in a one-square mile area, the Winwood area, just north of downtown Miami.

” The exact location is within the boundaries of the following area: NW 5th Avenue to the west, US 1 to the east, NW/NE 38th Street to the north and NW/NE 20thStreet to the south. This area is about one square mile and a map is below to detail the area. This remains the only area of the state where the department has confirmed there are local transmissions of Zika.” –Florida Department of Health statement.

 To see the  list of travel-related cases, visit the Florida Department of Health  website.

The Florida Department of Health is investigating one new non-travel related infection in Miami-Dade County. The total number of non-travel related infections is 15 in the Miami-Dade and Broward counties. State health officials believe the active transmission is limited to the one-square mile area (Winwood) in Miami-Dade County.  Zika updates are at 2 p.m. daily from the Florida Department of Health.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to areas with widespread Zika transmission.

The CDC recommends that pregnant women or anyone who must travel to, live or work in a Zika infected area, to protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing mosquito repellent, long clothing and limit your time outdoors.

As of August 2, 2016, here are the number of reported Zika infections in Florida and several counties:

Travel Related Infections    336

Non-Travel Related Infections   15

Zika Infections Involving Pregnant Women    55

Partial List of Travel Related Infections by County: 

Broward                 55

Hillsborough         10

Manatee                   2

Miami-Dade         102

Orange                     40

Osceola                     18

Palm Beach              18

Pasco                         6

Pinellas                      7

Polk                           12

Sarasota                     0

Seminole                  12

“Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico, but not elsewhere in the United States. Cases of Zika fever have been reported in travelers returning to the United States.”

—Florida Department of Health

The Centers for Disease Control says many people infected by the Zika virus often don’t have symptoms or show mild symptoms. The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites to others. The CDC says pregnant women infected by the Zika virus can give birth to babies with smaller than normal heads and brains.

The Florida Department of Health advises Floridians to drain standing water weekly, even if it’s a small amount to prevent breeding mosquitoes. Residents and Florida visitors also are urged to use mosquito repellant, wear long sleeve and long clothing when outdoors.

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Health also have set up a Zika Virus Hotline at 1-855-622-6735 

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