Florida Health Officials Reporting Locally Acquired Zika in Miami Beach

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Health officials are urging women to avoid mosquito bites, particularly pregnant women.
Health officials are urging women to avoid mosquito bites, particularly pregnant women.

Five people who have already been confirmed as locally infected with Zika are connected to the Miami Beach area, according to a statement from the Department of Health in Florida.1

Florida Health officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify cases, and are warning pregnant women to avoid travel to the designated area of Miami Beach, in addition to the designated area of Wynwood.

Additionally, health officials are warning pregnant women and their partners living in the area to remain vigilant about avoiding mosquito bites, and are counseling women who visited Miami since mid-July to see a doctor about getting a test for Zika.

As a precaution, health officials are also warning women with Zika to wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms start before trying to get pregnant; men are being cautioned to wait at least 6 months after symptoms start before couples try to get pregnant.

 “We're in the midst of mosquito season and expect more Zika infections in the days and months to come,” CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said in a prepared statement2 about the patients in Florida with Zika. “It is difficult to predict how long active transmission will continue. CDC disease control experts are doing everything they can to support state and local control programs to stop the spread of Zika.  Every community in the United States that has the Aedes Aegypti mosquito present must monitor for infections and work to control the mosquitoes.”

As of August 17, 2016, 2,260 cases of Zika had been reported in the continental United States and Hawaii, including 529 in pregnant women, according to the statement.

Reference

1. Department of Health Daily Zika Update. Tallahassee, FL: Florida Department of Health Communications. Published August 19, 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016.

2.  Additional area of active Zika transmission identified in Miami Beach [press release]. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published August 19, 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016

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