Stay Informed About Zika | Latest Update

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Source: Florida Blue Newsletter

Mosquitoes in Florida are no laughing matter – it seems like we deal with them all year long. With the rise of the Zika virus, it is especially important now to avoid mosquitoes and take precautions to keep healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total of 35 Zika cases in Florida are from local mosquito-borne transmission, while an additional 507 cases in Florida are “travel related.”

The CDC also cautions that anyone living in, or traveling to, the Wynwood and Miami Beach area of South Florida need to be especially cautious, as these areas have been directly effected by the mosquito-borne spread of Zika virus. For a complete list of special instructions for South Florida, visit:http://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html

While we all need to be careful about our exposure to mosquitoes, pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the Zika virus. We can all work together to lower the risk of infection for everyone.

Do your part to protect yourself from Zika by eliminating stagnant water and protecting your skin.

For your safety, remember these two words:  drain and cover.

Drain

  • Once a week, drain and cover areas that have standing water, such as buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, tires or trash containers.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

Cover

  • When going outside, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to CDC and the Florida Department of Health recommend using an insect repellent containing DEET.
  • Cover skin (especially children) with clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Cover cribs and strollers with mosquito netting.
  • Use air conditioning when available.

Other resources

The CDC is the best source for the most up-to-date information about Zika. Read more on their Zika resource page.  And this travel guidance for Floridians article is an important read if you live near an area where Zika has been identified.

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