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Zika in Miami: Mayor hopes spraying stops its spread

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(CNN)As the Zika scare ramps up in south Florida, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said authorities will target 10 square miles north of downtown Miami to combat the virus.

Citing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which issued a travel warning Monday — and the Florida Department of Health, Gimenez said the mosquito control team would start spraying the area, which includes the Wynwood neighborhood, by Wednesday morning.
    “I ask all residents to continue to do their part by draining standing water, protecting ourselves and our families by using mosquito repellant and covering up when going outdoors, especially during early morning and evening hours,” Gimenez said Tuesday.

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    February 3, Gov. Rick Scott ordered a declaration of a public health emergency for the counties of residents with travel-associated cases of Zika. Included were: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia.
    April 6, Scott had a conference call with the interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip and Florida Mosquito Control Districts to discuss preparations to fight the possible spread of the virus.
    May 11, the governor requested 5,000 Zika preparedness kits from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and a plan from FEMA on how resources will be allocated to states in a Zika emergency.
    June 23, Scott announced he will use his executive authority to allocate $26.2 million in state funds for Zika preparedness, prevention and response in Florida.
    June 28, the department announced the first confirmed case of microcephaly in an infant born in Florida whose mother had a travel-related case of Zika. The mother of the infant contracted Zika while in Haiti.
    July 1, the CDC had a call with 120 Florida medical professionals, including OB/GYNs, pediatricians and physicians specializing in family medicine, to discuss neurological impacts of Zika and what precautions new and expecting mothers should take.
    July 29, Scott announced enough information had been gathered in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to conclude that a high likelihood existed that four cases are the result of local transmission. The department said it believes active transmission of the Zika virus is occurring in one small area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/health/miami-florida-zika/index.html

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