Zika virus outbreak in Florida (Miami)

August 18, 2016

 

On August 1st, 2016, the federal health officials announced that several Zika cases caused by mosquitoes had raised from two to 14. These officials urged the expectant women to stay away from the neighborhoods in Miami where additional cases of Zika infection are. This has made the Disease Control and Prevention to advise travelers not to visit these places in the continental U.S.

Despite the reported increase in Zika infection cases, the federal health officials said that they didn’t anticipate the situation to grow to an epidemic like one that ranged across the Latin America in the previous months. Doesn’t this new information cast doubts over the efficiency of the last week’s intensive mosquito control in Florida? Don’t you think the news raises questions regarding the tourism in the state which had over 100 million tourists last year?

 

Zika virus is believed to have affected Miami

 

According to Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the D.C.C director, the Aedes aegypti mosquito which carries the Zika virus is a wily adversary in the Wynwood and urban neighborhood in Miami where all Zika virus cases were diagnosed. Frieden explained further that these mosquitoes appear to be resistant to the insecticide used, or they may be hiding under water.

The health officials had anticipated additional cases of Zika infection in the neighborhood. However, the health officials were specifically concerned by the indications that high numbers of these infectious mosquitoes and their larvae were found in a square-mile area in Wynwood – an area that features numerous restaurants, bars, art galleries, and more.

Frieden advised expectant women to avoid Wynwood area. Also, he urged the pregnant women to avoid mosquito bite and practice safe sex as well. He added that for pregnant women who visited the Wynwood neighborhood after 15th June to get tested for possible infection.

According to mosquito experts, the Aedes aegypti mosquito lives in tiny pools of water and therefore aerial spraying might be infective in urban settings such as Wynwood. However, the mosquito control employees have conducted over 621 property inspections in the area and treated 21 properties. They have also sprayed 100 properties to eliminate adult mosquitoes. These details were issued by the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste spokeswoman Gayle Love.

Following such announcements, those living in Miami and those planning to visit the area need to be careful and take all precautions to ensure that they are safe.

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