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Six More Homegrown Zika Cases Found in Miami Beach

Six More Homegrown Zika Cases Found in Miami Beach

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By    |   Monday, 03 October 2016 05:43 PM

Six more cases of homegrown Zika have been added to Miami Beach’s tally, state officials say.

In addition, three more residents in Miami-Dade County have also been infected with Zika, although an investigation is still underway to determine where they contracted it, the Florida Department of Health said Friday.

Also, there were three new cases where individuals had traveled to both Miami-Dade and countries where widespread infection is underway so they were added to the “undetermined” category.

One additional non-Florida resident case had traveled to Miami-Dade and officials are investigating where that exposure occurred.

Over the weekend, more Zika-carrying mosquitos were captured in Miami Beach, this time in a mid-beach neighborhood, news reports say. The batch was retrieved from a trap near the La Gorce Country Club in the mid beach section of the city.

Previously infected mosquitos had only been found in South Beach but last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) broadened the hot zone to include that area.

In addition, seven new travel-related cases were confirmed. Two were in Broward, two in Miami-Dade, and one in Seminole county.

There was also one additional non-Florida resident case with travel to Miami-Dade and officials are investigating to determine where exposure occurred.

In addition, there were two cases involving pregnant women. The state does not include geographical information on these.

These new cases bring to 968 the number of Zika cases that have occurred in Florida. This total includes 133 cases of homegrown infection and 716 travel-related cases.

State officials are also monitoring 99 pregnant women. Zika causes microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with small heads and brain damage, the CDC says.

The total tally also includes 16 non-Florida residents and four people for which there is no further information.

While there are thousands of travel-related Zika cases in the U.S., most concern focuses on homegrown Zika. Miami Beach is the only place in the country where the infection is actively occurring, officials say.

The Zika virus can make anyone sick for up to a week with the following flu-like symptoms:

  • Fever.
  • Rash.
  • Joint pain.
  • Red eyes.

There is no vaccine or treatment for the virus, making prevention essential. Health experts recommend taking the following precautions:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors.
  • Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed.
  • Use repellents to keep mosquitoes away.
  • Use air conditioning and window screens if possible.
  • Call your health care provider if you are at risk of infection.

Last month, Consumer Reports released new rankings of mosquito repellents that offer the best protection against Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, the type that carry the Zika virus. They tested products containing deet, plantlike ingredients lemon eucalyptus and picaridin. The most effective products:

  • Sawyer Fisherman's Formula Picaridin.
  • Natrapel 8 Hour, with 20 percent picaridin.
  • Off! Deepwoods VIII, w/25 percent deet.
  • Repel Lemon Eucalyptus.

The magazine also recommended skipping products made with natural plant oils, such as California Baby Natural Bug Blend (a blend of citronella, lemongrass oil, cedar oil, and other ingredients) and EcoSmart Organic, (which includes geraniol, rosemary oil, cinnamon oil, and lemongrass oil).

Women who are pregnant or breast feeding can safely use deet, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535, according to the EPA.

Other tips for using insect repellents safely and effectively:

  • Apply repellents sparingly, and only to exposed skin or clothing.
  • Don’t apply repellents over cuts, wounds, irritated skin, or after shaving.
  • When applying to your face, spray first on your hands, then rub in, avoiding your eyes and mouth.
  • Don’t let young children apply repellents themselves
  • Don’t use near food, and wash hands after application and before eating.
  • At the end of the day, wash treated skin with soap and water, and wash treated clothing in a separate wash before wearing again.

The CDC advises people returning from travel to areas where Zika is present should continue to wear mosquito repellant for three weeks and refer to the agency’s published guidelines regarding sexual transmission of the virus.



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