People in Florida's latest Zika 'hot zone' want more buzz
With those areas cleared, some fear this third "hot zone" is getting less attention. It straddles the city's poorest communities, heavily black Little Haiti and Liberty City. Florida health officials linked an eighth Zika infection on Wednesday to this latest "hot zone." This latest 1-square-mile transmission zone was identified this month, but the coalition was already worried about it months ago. It's just three miles from Wynwood, where Florida's first Zika infections from local mosquito bites were verified.
Zika funding gets $1.1 billion boost
The fight against Zika just received a $1.1 billion boost from the U.S. government. According to Ben Shannon with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a county would have to submit a request for funding through Health and Human Services. o $44 million of this is to reimburse states for PHEP funding transferred for Zika response activities. • $40 million to expand delivery of primary health services in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. Joanne Magley with Volusia County says extra funding would be used particularly in West Volusia County for surveillance and added research.
Trucks, planes with pesticide target mosquitoes in South Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Trucks equipped with blowers are driving through South Beach to spray pesticides that kill mosquito larvae. Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control began driving the trucks through the 1.5-square-mile infection zone early Tuesday. The county also plans to begin aerial spraying of an insecticide called Naled over South Beach. Some Miami Beach residents and elected officials oppose using Naled because of toxicity concerns. Gimenez says state and federal health officials assure county officials that it's safe.
7 new non-travel-related cases of Zika confirmed in Florida
Seven new non-travel-related Zika cases were confirmed in Florida on Tuesday, along with one travel-related case in Orange County. The Florida Department of Health said six of the non-travel-related cases are in Miami Beach and one is in Miami-Dade County. The Miami Beach cases were confirmed on Friday, but were being announced Tuesday due to Hurricane Hermine closing state offices. Travel-Related Infections of Zika: 577Non-Travel Related Infections of Zika: 56Infections Involving Pregnant Women: 80The DOH said it believes ongoing transmission is happening within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach.
Two Central Florida Zika cases reported
Two Central Florida Zika virus cases were reported by the Florida Department of Health on Tuesday. Two cases were reported in Orange County and three involving pregnant women. In addition, cases were reported in Polk County, Broward, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade counties also had cases reported. This brings the total non-travel related to reported today to 16. Infection Type Infection Count Travel-Related Infections of Zika 558 Non-Travel Related Infections of Zika 46 Infections Involving Pregnant Women 78
Gov. Scott promotes tourism amidst Zika warnings
Rick Scott announced 10 new cases of the Zika virus in South Florida, he urged visitors not to cancel travel plans to the Sunshine State. [MORE: Zika virus info | Travel notices | Symptoms, treatment | Drain and cover | Zika insect repellants | Protection tips | OIA seeks to curb Zika ]"Good morning, come to Florida, we are working hard to make sure you're safe," said Scott, appearing on "CBS This Morning." It's no different than when we've controlled dengue fever, chikungunya, and other mosquito-borne viruses," said Scott. Six of the new cases were in people who showed no symptoms, but were discovered through door-to-door checks. The CDC is advising all pregnant women to get checked for Zika possible exposure during prenatal visits.