Adding to the list of Miami areas being affected by these deadly mosquitoes, a one-mile square radius just north of the Little Haiti neighborhood declared five people who were infected with Zika. This is rather a setback for Miami, considering that a month ago the area of Wynwood was cleared of the virus through aggressive mosquito spraying.
This is the third neighborhood in Miami to have the virus transmitted to humans, making it an active transmission zone. Although the symptoms of this Zika virus are very mild, it can cause severe brain related birth defects, so it is vital that pregnant women do not come into contact with the mosquitoes. Any pregnant woman should avoid all travel to this area, as it is still a very dangerous hazard. Remember, mosquito season has not ended yet, meaning we can continue to expect some of these outbreaks.
With over 1,020 Zika reports in Florida, health officials confirmed that 105 cases are traced to the infected areas in Miami. On the other hand, the majority of the cases are related to travel outside the country. Governor Rick Scott is directing another 7.4 million dollars in state funding in efforts to hire more staff to control the mosquitoes, as well as pay for more spraying of the pesticides. “We have seen that aggressive mosquito control efforts have worked in areas like Wynwood and we hope the county also aggressively sprays in this area so we can limit the spread of this virus and protect pregnant women and their growing babies,” Scott stated.
We hope you stay as far away from these mosquitoes as possible! Remember to stay safe and cautious of your surroundings.