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More Zika Cases Tied to Miami Beach

More Zika Cases Tied to Miami Beach

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:39 PM

Three more cases of homegrown Zika contracted in Miami Beach were confirmed Tuesday by the Florida State Department of Health.

In addition, the state health officials reported six new travel-related cases, which include four in Broward County, one in Polk County, and one involving a pregnant woman.

Women who contract Zika in pregnancy are at increased risk of giving birth to a baby with microcephaly, a potentially devastating birth defect, so the state provides no information about them to protect their privacy.

These nine new cases bring the total number of people with Zika confirmed in Florida to 1,040. This total includes includes163 homegrown, or locally transmitted, infections, as well as 744 travel-related. A total of 109 pregnant women have been infected.

The 4.5 square-mile area in Miami Beach where active transmission is occurring runs from 8th Street to 63rd Avenue.

Local transmission is also active in Miami, from between Northwest 79th and Northwest 63rd streets and from Northwest 10th Avenue to North Miami Avenue.

Although there are thousands of Zika cases in the U.S., officials are most concerned about local transmission, which is currently occurring only in these two areas of Miami-Dade County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an advisory this summer warning pregnant women against nonessential 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 repellant for three weeks and refer to the agency’s published guidelines regarding sexual transmission of the virus.









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