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Florida Works to Contain Zika as Local Number Increases to 14
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Zika has officially come to Florida, and state officials are working hard to contain both the disease and any fallout to the state’s robust tourism industry.
A total of 14 cases of the Zika virus being contracted by mosquito bites in the U.S. have been reported in the state of Florida. As of the previous Friday, that number was only four but 10 more were announced Monday, sending the city of Miami and the state of Florida into both mosquito and damage control mode.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has requested federal help, and the CDC’s emergency response team is already en route to help the state solidify its response to the dangerous, transmittable disease.
"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," Scott said.
As of this report, the Florida cases are all connected to a small neighborhood area of Miami known as Wynwood. The community is popular for its arts community and all the culture that entails. Scott also used his statement to remind both state residents and those who might reconsider travel to the area that concerns about Zika shouldn't necessarily affect day-to-day life or travel to the state.
“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. While I encourage all residents and visitors to continue to use precaution by draining standing water and wearing bug spray, Florida remains safe and open for business. This year, we have already welcomed a record 30 million tourists and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Florida this summer.”
Zika is not a new disease, but recent potential links between the virus and fetal brain defects have renewed the fight to control its spread and risen the awareness of travelers to tropical, foreign destinations.
Over 1,500 cases of Zika have been reported in the Unites States, but almost all had been contracted overseas or transmitted sexually by those who had contracted it overseas. To otherwise-healthy adults, the symptoms of the disease are so mild that those who have it may be unaware they have Zika or even that they’re sick at all.
The disease is not expected to become widespread in the United States because of usual mosquito control efforts as well as the prevalence of quality sanitation and air conditioning. Still, those are expectant mothers or plan to be should take greater caution and those who wish to protect themselves can do so easily with normal mosquito prevention.
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