Florida epidemiologists have ruled out travel as a possible source for two Zika infections — one in Miami-Dade and one in Broward — suspected of being the nation’s first cases transmitted by local mosquitoes, State Surgeon General Celeste Philip said Tuesday during a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott and health officials.
“The individuals do not have travel history themselves,” Philip said at the Broward health department in Fort Lauderdale. “That’s the only mode that we feel pretty certain has been ruled out.”
As state health officials reported six new Zika infections on Tuesday, raising the statewide total to 364 people affected this year, Philip asked for patience while Florida epidemiologists undertake the labor-intensive investigation.
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Daily Florida Zika Virus Tracker
Florida particularly at risk
With an abundant, almost year-round population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (the bloodsuckers capable of transmitting the illness) and a high volume of travelers from Zika-prone countries, the Sunshine State is especially vulnerable to an outbreak. None of the cases in Florida and elsewhere in the continental U.S. have been transmitted locally by mosquitoes and only a handful are confirmed transmissions by sex.
Action in the Town of Palm Beach
Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar has said the most important issue at this stage of the Zika Virus outbreak is preventing the spread of mosquitos. The Town, sponsored by the Civic Association and Citizens Association, is holding a Forum on August 3rd in Town Hall.
Town of Palm Beach
Palm Beach Civic Association
Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach
Everything you need to know...
Learn the dangers of the Zika virus
Prevent Zika and protect yourself
Get your questions answered
Maggie Zeidman, Town Council Member
Jay Boodheshwar, Deputy Town Manager
Gary Goode, Palm Beach County Environmental Program Supervisor
David Paladino, Native Pest Management
Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 10:00am
Town Council Chambers
Palm Beach Town Hall
Everyone Welcome • Free Admission
Please join us for this important community program.
Questions? Please call the Civic Association (561) 655-0820
Zika Experts: There’s A Lot We Don’t Know About the Virus
By Michele Dargan, Special Report from the Civic Association
Dr. Robert Jacobson, a retired hematologist/oncologist, was raised and attended medical school in South Africa, where mosquito-borne illnesses were common and protective measures had to be taken.
With the mosquito-borne Zika virus becoming a worldwide concern, Dr. Jacobson urges residents to take precautions when going outside. He emphasizes the importance of screens on all windows and any outside porches or patio areas.