Zika Facts and Resources for Florida/Fort Lauderdale
From the Visit Florida website: “As of September 19, 2016, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reports that there are 85 non-travel related cases of Zika. DOH believes ongoing transmission is only taking place within two areas of Miami: a one-half-square mile area of Wynwood and a 1.5 square-mile area in Miami Beach. For perspective, that's two square miles of a state that covers more than 65,000 square miles. And 20 miles south of Fort Lauderdale.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered guidance for pregnant women and their partners considering travel to the two specific areas in South Florida. To speak directly with someone from the Florida Department of Health, please call the Florida Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735.
According to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, “Florida has a proven track record of success when it comes to managing similar mosquito-borne viruses. We will continue to keep our residents and visitors safe, utilizing constant surveillance and aggressive strategies, such as increased mosquito spraying, that have allowed our state to fight similar viruses.” “
In Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, the county has undertaken an aggressive prevention approach, and on 8/16 appropriated an additional $300,000 in monies for preventative spraying of a biological comprised of organic ingredients used to kill mosquito larvae in standing water – though we have NO cases of local transmission. Please see below for links to the government and country health sites for updates.
And click here for information from our website.
Florida Governor Rick Scott's Updates on the Zika Virus
Florida Department of Health Zika Virus Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zika Virus Information
CDC Advice for People Traveling to South Florida
VISITFLORIDA Current Travel Safety Information