A new Zika outbreak zone was discovered in Miami, the city’s second one, within a one-square-mile area which seems to include Little Haiti.
Zika, a disease that is spread through the bite of a mosquito that is active both by day and night, is especially dangerous for pregnant women as the disease can be spread from the woman to the fetus.
As of yet, there is no vaccine or medicine proven effective in the case of the disease. People residing in an area known to house the Zika-carrying mosquitos are recommended to protect themselves from possible bites, the only positive aspect being that a person once bitten will most likely develop an immunity and be protected from future Zika infections.
The new Zika Miami outbreak was detected after three residents of the area and two others who work or have visited the zone seem to have been infected with the virus.
South Florida is the only continental U.S. state to have a local Zika outbrake zone. The first area to suffer from the disease-carrying mosquitos’ attacks was Miami Beach, and it was first marked in August this year.
Authorities have ever since then been working assiduously in trying to control or at least contain the area. As of September, the Miami Beach local Zika transmission area was tripled after a number of new cases were registered outside the already marked zone.
Since then, mosquito control efforts seem to have been successful as the first local Zika transmission area was cleared. The first affected neighborhood, Wynwood, is situated just a few blocks away from the newly determined area.
Mosquito control efforts included, amongst others, terrestrial and aerial sprayings and even the use of Naled, which is quite a controversial insecticide.
Ever since its first Florida registered case, local Miami Zika infestations have reached a number of more than 174 cases, 19 of which concerned out-of-state people. The state also has to deal with more than 700 cases of travel-related Zika contracted patients.
This places it as second to only New York in the number of travel related Zika infestation cases. The Big Apple state has over 850 registered cases.
As more than 106 of the Florida registered cases involve pregnant women, local authorities advise expecting mothers to refrain from the non-essential passing through local infested areas or outer-country travels to Zika affected places.
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