No New Zika Cases in Wynwood (Miami) in 45 Days
Monday, US health officials on continued to advise pregnant women and their partners to consider postponing non-essential travel to Miami to avoid the risk of exposure to Zika, even as Florida Governor Rick Scott declared the city’s Wynwood neighborhood Zika-free and invited visitors to return.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement that the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami had been considered an area of active Zika virus transmission from 15 June to 18 September 2016. It urged pregnant women who lived in or traveled to the neighborhood to consider getting tested for Zika.
“We want to continue to emphasize to pregnant women that they still should consider postponing non-essential travel for all of Miami-Dade (County). That is still in effect,” said CDC spokesman.
Wynwood is the 1st neighborhood in the continental United States to have a local outbreak of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been shown to cause birth defects.
Florida’s Governor, at a news conference Monday, said there have not been any cases of Zika in the Wynwood neighborhood in the past 45 days, and declared that “everybody should be coming back here and enjoying themselves.”
“We had an issue, everybody took it seriously and we solved it,” he said.
Gov. Scott’s pronouncement followed news on Friday that the state had expanded the zone with active Zika transmission to nearby Miami Beach after 5 new cases of the virus were detected.
The Zika zone in Miami Beach, a popular tourist destination, 3X’d in size, growing from 1.5 sqm to 4.5 sqm. As of Friday, Florida has a total of 93 cases of Zika caused by local mosquitoes.
Zika is a particular threat to pregnant women because the virus can cause serious birth defects in babies whose mothers were infected during pregnancy, including microcephaly, a condition in which the brain is undersized, reflecting arrested development.
Gov. Scott also called on the US government to approve spending to arrest any future spread of the virus in Florida and elsewhere, including funds for mosquito abatement, education and testing for Zika.
Scientists are trying, but that requires funding, and to date the US government is offering none of it. A spending bill has been delayed in Congress.
So, that being the case fight Zika Smart is the Key.
Charles Murray, CEO of Penta5 USA based in Sarasota, FL, says, “Always available is our All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite Lotion and I guess for public awareness that something is being done, the authorities have decided to use a chemical solution for the environment, hopefully on a short term basis. People don’t like chemicals and for sure bees and other insect life will be wiped out in that area.”
“Suggesting that all visitors and anyone threatened by mosquitoes use ANYTIME no-bite Lotion, packed in an easy to carry anywhere VialPaQ™ developed in Florida would appear to be a “no brainer”. Arrive off the plane or cruise liner get a VialPaQ for the number of days in Florida. Check into a hotel get a VialPaQ for each day. Have these available at schools in the risk areas. Have them at all woman’s clinics and social security offices etc. This is taking a lead, a strong home grown solution based on results from Florida’s university to fall back on and now the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine agrees with their no-bite results. All technical reports show the All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite solution is as good as the harmful chemical products used as a repellant by folks. Chemicals are not recommended for children and pets. So a risk area for our young ones.
The various leaders; Governor, Health, Agriculture and Tourism Departmental heads in Florida are not being heard in DC, where they appear to be dithering around with the Zika problem. I do feel the leadership team will miss the opportunity to allay tourist fears if they don’t do something soon.”
Mr. Murray recommends for pregnant woman, schools, hotels, airport and cruise lines that each individual be given a VialPaQ daily to ensure no-bites.
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