While in Clearwater, Florida today, Governor Rick Scott announced 5 new non-travel related cases of Zika — one in Pinellas County and 4 in the Wynwood area of Miami-Dade County. Scott also said after more testing and no evidence of continued active transmission, the Florida Department of Health has cleared 76 blocks, nearly the entire perimeter of the area in Wynwood. Now the impacted area in Wynwood is reduced to approximately a half square mile. The total number of local transmissions of Zika in Florida is 42 (non-travel related), Scott said.
“Today, we learned that the Florida Department of Health is investigating one new individual with non-travel related Zika in Pinellas County. While this investigation is ongoing, DOH still believes that ongoing active transmissions are only occurring in the two previously identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach. As we’ve seen in Wynwood, our aggressive mosquito control and public education efforts are working which is why DOH was able to clear a significant area in Wynwood today, bringing the total cleared area to 76 blocks. This means that we have now cleared half of the area in Wynwood where we believe ongoing active transmission of Zika is occurring. This is great news and we hope to continue reducing this area,” said Governor Scott in a news release.
The governor said the Department of Health and Pinellas County Mosquito Control are already working together and have begun aggressive spraying and mosquito abatement efforts.
“Any pregnant woman who would like to receive a free Zika test or a Zika prevention kit should contact the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. We remain fully committed to ensuring that every county has all of the resources they need to combat this virus and stand ready to assist residents and visitors in the impacted communities.” Governor Scott said.
The governor advised Pinellas County residents who want mosquito control services for their home or business to contact Pinellas County Mosquito Control HERE. Pinellas County also is urging residents to do their part in stopping the spread and breeding of Zika virus mosquitos by dumping standing water around their homes and protecting themselves against mosquitos when outdoors.
The state hotline is 855-622-6735.
According to the Florida Department of Health website, there are 494 travel-related infections of the Zika virus. 69 pregnant women also have been infected with Zika.
Visit he Florida Department of Health website to see the full list of travel-related cases.
Here is a partial list of travel-related Zika cases in Florida counties:
Palm Beach 30