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Zika Count Slowly Rising in Miami Area

Zika Count Slowly Rising in Miami Area

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By    |   Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:07 PM

The number of Zika cases in Florida continued to creep up slowly in Miami-Dade County, state health officials say.

Florida Department of Health officials confirmed three more travel-related cases, along with one additional case of homegrown Zika on Thursday.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Florida to 1048, a tally that includes 166 people infected by local mosquitos, as well as 747 travel-related infections.

Officials also added one more confirmed case of a pregnant woman, bringing that total number to 111.

Two of the travel-related cases were contracted in Miami-Dade County, and the homegrown case involved a Palm County resident, who had recently traveled to Miami. There was no further information on the pregnant woman.

Contracting Zika in pregnancy increases the risk of giving birth to a baby with microcephaly, a type of brain damage, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials.

On Wednesday, CDC officials divided Miami Dade County into red and yellow zones.

They warned pregnant women to avoid the “red” zone, which includes a 4.5-square-mile area of Miami Beach, as well as a one-square-mile area of Miami known as Little River.

Pregnant women should avoid nonessential travel in rest of the county, which the CDC designated as yellow.

Pregnant women who must travel to the impacted areas should protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing insect repellent, long clothing and limiting their time outdoors, the CDC added.

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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