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More Zika Mosquitoes Found in South Beach

More Zika Mosquitoes Found in South Beach

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 October 2016 03:14 PM

A new batch of Zika mosquitos have been found in South Beach, news reports say.

This latest batch was found in South Beach, and represents the eighth time that Miami-Dade County workers have found Zika-infected mosquitos in Miami Beach, the Miami Herald reported.

The mosquitos were collected on Oct. 5, and the results of testing relayed to residents living in the building on Tuesday, the report says.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, two more cases of homegrown Zika contracted in Miami Beach were reported by the Florida Department of Health.

State officials also reported two more travel-related cases, one in Sarasota, and the other involving a pregnant woman.

Contracting Zika in pregnancy increases the risk of giving birth to a baby with microcephaly, a type of brain damage.

These new cases bring to a total number of people infected with locally transmitted, or homegrown, Zika to 165, and the number of travel-related cases to 745, which does not include the 110 pregnant women infected.

Nineteen cases are labeled as “out of state,” since they did not occur in Florida residents, and five are listed as “undetermined” because officials do not know where the infections occurred.

The 4.5 square-mile area in Miami Beach where active transmission is occurring spans from 8th Street to 63rd Avenue, from the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay.

The latest batch of Zika-infected mosquitos was captured in the area of 12th Street, about five blocks west of the ocean.

Last week, officials announced that local transmission was also occurring in Miami, in a one-mile area that is located near the Little River area, known also as Little Haiti.

Local officials are urging the state and county to pay attention to this new area because it doesn't have the tourist cachet like Miami Beach or Wynwood, the Miami area where Zika was first identified.

The Wynwood neighborhood has since been declared clear of local transmission.

 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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