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More Homegrown Zika in Miami-Dade County

More Homegrown Zika in Miami-Dade County

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By    |   Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:33 PM

The total number of homegrown Zika cases in Miami-Dade County rose slightly with the confirmation of two more people infected with the virus, state health officials say.

In addition, there were four new cases of travel-related Zika confirmed, including one in Miami-Dade County, one in Osceola and two pregnant women, for which the state offers no additional information.

The two people with homegrown Zika are Miami-Dade residents, and investigators are trying to determine where the infection occurred, the Florida Department of Health says. .

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Florida to 1,120, a tally that includes 188 people infected by local mosquitos, as well as 776 travel-related infections, officials say.

To date, 131 pregnant women have been identified with the virus.

Zika increases the risk of a particularly devastating birth defect known as microcephaly, in which babies are born with severe brain damage, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says.

The only places in the U.S. where the infection is currently being spread by local mosquitos is a 4.5-square-mile zone in Miami Beach and a one-acre parcel in the Little River neighborhood in Miami, the CDC says. .

The CDC has recommended that pregnant women steer clear of these zones, and that they also exercise caution and avoid unessential travel in Miami-Dade County.

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:

  1. Apply repellents sparingly, and only to exposed skin or clothing.
  2. Don’t apply repellents over cuts, wounds, irritated skin, or after shaving.
  3. When applying to your face, spray first on your hands, then rub in, avoiding your eyes and mouth.
  4. Don’t let young children apply repellents themselves
  5. Don’t use near food, and wash hands after application and before eating.
  6. 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 repellent for three weeks and refer to the agency’s published guidelines regarding sexual transmission of the virus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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