As of December 8, 2016, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reports that there are 249 locally acquired infections of Zika. DOH believes ongoing transmission is only taking place within a one-and-a-half square mile area of Miami Beach. For perspective, that's 1.5 square miles of a state that covers more than 65,000 square miles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered guidance for pregnant women and their partners considering travel to the two specific areas in South Florida. To speak directly with someone from the Florida Department of Health, please call the Florida Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735.
According to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, “Florida has a proven track record of success when it comes to managing similar mosquito-borne viruses. We will continue to keep our residents and visitors safe, utilizing constant surveillance and aggressive strategies, such as increased mosquito spraying, that have allowed our state to fight similar viruses.”
According to Florida Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip, “As with most emerging health threats, we learn more about the Zika virus each day but we recognize that the unknown can be scary, especially for pregnant women. We’re committed to sharing as much as we can as soon as we can.”
Florida Zika Virus Information Hotline: 855-622-6735