Last updated: 11:04 AM ET, Fri October 14 2016

Did Hurricane Matthew Cause Zika Spike in Miami-Dade?

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | October 14, 2016

Did Hurricane Matthew Cause Zika Spike in Miami-Dade?

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The Florida Department of Health has announced that a new area in Miami-Dade County has been identified as a place where the Zika virus is being locally spread by mosquitoes.

According to, health officials in Florida believe that five people have been infected from mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, including three people living in the area and two others who visited or worked in the Miami-Dade County region.

The affected area where the infections have been found is approximately one square mile.

This is the third portion of Miami-Dade County impacted by a Zika outbreak since July, and investigators are now going door-to-door in the affected region looking for additional cases of unreported Zika symptoms. Officials in Florida are continuing Mosquito control measures throughout the Miami area.

Another problem facing the region is the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which Dr. William Schaffner of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center said has some health experts concerned that the mosquito population could increase.

“The hurricane leaving all that standing water and also blowing some mosquitoes around ... has clearly created an environment of increased concern in Miami-Dade County,” Schaffner said. “Most of us are watching Zika events in Miami-Dade County ... with great interest.”


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