Yikes! Ten additional cases of Zika virus have been reported in northern Miami, sparking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to declare that pregnant women should NOT travel to the city. Florida Governor Rick Scott has even activated an ’emergency response’ in the area!
Things are not looking good for Florida right now. With 10 new cases of Zika virus infection being reported in northern Miami, fears that the outbreak will spread have plagued the public, leading the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention to advise pregnant women to refrain from traveling to the Miami area. But at the same time, the city is doing everything they can to control and contain the outbreak.
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The Florida Department of Health “has confirmed that 10 additional people have contracted the Zika virus locally, likely through a mosquito bite,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement on Aug. 1. “DOH has been testing individuals in three locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for possible local transmissions through mosquito bites. Based on DOH’s investigations, two locations have been ruled out for possible local transmissions of the Zika virus.”
Rick even called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to activate an emergency response to the news. “While we continue to learn more about this virus each day, we know that it is most harmful to pregnant women and their babies,” he said. “For women who live or work in the impacted area and are either pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, I urge you to contact your OB/GYN for guidance and to receive a Zika prevention kit.”
Advising travelers to avoid any part of Florida is a sensitive decision, given the importance of tourism for the state’s economy. Rick noted that a record 30 million tourists have visited Florida this year. But while tourism is a big source of income for Florida, right now it’s more important to keep people safe!
But what’s extremely disappointing is that Congress chose not to pass a bill to allocate funding to the CDC to prepare and combat the Zika virus — yikes! “This is not just a Florida issue. This is a U.S. issue, it is a national issue. We’re just the front of it,” Rick said in an earlier news conference.
This news comes right on the heels of last week’s news when it was announced on July 29 that four people were confirmed to have the virus after likely contracting the disease through infected mosquitoes in a 1-square-mile area in northern Miami, according to Rick. The outbreak is the very first time the Zika virus has been transmitted via infected mosquitoes within the continental U.S., which makes this whole ordeal just THAT much scarier!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — are you afraid of catching Zika?