Homegrown Zika Virus No Longer a Threat in Miami Beach, But…
Friday, Florida’s Governor says the potentially deadly Zika infection is no longer spreading locally in Florida.
With State and Local officials looking on Gov. Rick Scott lifted the “Red” designation from the area of Miami Beach that includes South Beach, a tourism hub that had been suffering economically from the impact of the virus.
“I am proud to announce that the remaining Miami Beach area has been cleared of any ongoing active transmission of the Zika virus,” Scott said at a press conference Friday, held on the rooftop of the Betsy Hotel in South Beach.
“Florida’s rapid response and comprehensive mosquito control program has allowed them to interrupt Zika transmission,” said Frieden, in a statement.
He added, “Pregnant women who live or have been to this area should continue to be evaluated for Zika exposure during their prenatal visits to prevent the devastating effects Zika can cause in their infants.”
The 28-block area that includes South Beach was the last remaining “red zone” in Florida. The designation had previously been lifted from other parts of Miami Beach and Miami, including Little River and Wynwood, had already been lifted.
Although the severity of the impact varied, Miami Beach and tourism officials acknowledged that the presence of Zika had taken an economic toll.
“I know business had been down so I hope today’s announcement will spur everybody into getting on a plane and come down here,” State Rep. David Richardson said.
“I’m ecstatic that we’ve reached this stage but there is a concern that (Zika) will come back in the summer so we have to be vigilant,” said Mr. Richardson.
Gov. Scott also warned against complacency, noting that the virus could return next year, when the hotter weather returns. But then also, he noted, the state will be better prepared.
“This is something we have more knowledge about,” said Gov. Scott. “We know that people will continue to come here, and bring in Zika, but we have also learned that there are ways to prevent it,” he said.
Although the areas of local transmission in Florida have been eliminated, Zika still remains in the US, the CDC says.
As of Dec. 8, a total of 4,575 cases of Zika have been reported in the continental United States and Hawaii, the CDC says.
These cases include 185 homegrown Zika cases in Florida, 38 cases believed to be the result of sexual transmission, and one case that was the result of a laboratory exposure, the agency added
What makes Zika so hard to control is the mosquito that carries it.
After centuries of living in proximity to people, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have adapted. They hide in closets and under tables and in foliage places where spraying often does not reach.
So, fight Zika Smart without toxic chemicals, that is Smart!
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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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The CDC advises people returning from travel to areas where Zika is present should continue to wear mosquito repellent for 3 weeks.
As Zika can be sexually transmitted, the agency has published guidelines regarding precautions to take on its website.
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