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Florida health officials confirm 84 pregnant women test positive for Zika virus

Florida health officials confirm 84 pregnant women test positive for Zika virus

Postby smix » Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:17 am

Florida health officials confirm 84 pregnant women test positive for Zika virus
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URL: http://www.local10.com/health/zika-viru ... ika-virus-
Category: healthNews
Published: September 8, 2016

Description: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida health officials confirmed Thursday in their daily report that 84 pregnant women have tested positive for the Zika virus in the state. Doctors who spoke at a "Zeroing in on Zika: From the Front Lines" forum Thursday said they have asked each woman to go public about their diagnosis and discuss their concerns, but only one has agreed to do so. The University of Miami is taking a leading role in dealing with the Zika virus outbreak, launching the Zika Global Network. Doctors said they expect to see an influx of Florida babies born to mothers who contracted the virus in about five or six months. The forum came a day after doctors confirmed that a baby was born with microcephaly at Jackson Memorial Hospital. In total, 15 pregnant women who have delivered at the hospital have tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus, Dr. Christine Curry said. Those women are being monitored by doctors at the hospital. "Zika is a thing. Zika is real, and while we don't understand it fully, that is not a reason to dismiss its impact," Curry said Wednesday at a Miami Beach Commission meeting. So far, there have been 604 travel-related infections confirmed in the state and 56 locally acquired cases, with the majority being contracted in Miami-Dade County. Pregnant women who live in or have to traveled to South Florida are urged to wear insect repellent, long clothing and limit their time outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged doctors in Florida to test all pregnant women for the virus, and pregnant women can also contact their local county health department for a Zika risk assessment and testing hours and information. Health officials said they have monitoring pregnant women "with evidence of Zika regardless of (their) symptoms."



Miami Beach Commission holds public meeting about aerial spraying to battle Zika virus
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URL: http://www.local10.com/health/zika-viru ... zika-virus
Category: healthNews
Published: September 7, 2016

Description: Aerial spraying to begin Friday morning in Miami Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Miami Beach city commissioners held a public meeting Wednesday to voice concerns about aerial spraying that was scheduled for Thursday morning over the city's Zika zone. Commissioner Michael Grieco has been especially vocal about his concerns about spraying the same pesticide, Naled, that was sprayed over the Wynwood area after locally transmitted cases were reported. Many residents of Miami Beach are also concerned about potential health effects from the pesticide. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez attended the meeting and said that the recommendation for the aerial spraying is coming from federal and state health officials. "Remember, the CDC is not a state agency," Gimenez said. "The CDC is a federal agency, and they are the ones too that are recommending this." But Grieco and members of the public believe the risk of exposure to the pesticide is too great. "It's very clear that Naled is a neurotoxin that does pose effects to human beings," concerned resident Brandon Burke said. Health officials told the commission that they need to act to control the rising numbers of Zika cases, and in this situation, the aerial spraying will have little to no effect on people. "Zika is a thing. Zika is real, and while we don't understand it fully, that is not a reason to dismiss its impact," OBGYN Dr. Christine Curry said. Local officials agreed to postpone the spraying in the affected 1.5-square-mile area in Miami Beach until Friday morning. "During today's meeting with the city of Miami Beach, city leadership and residents asked for more time to prepare and inform Miami Beach residents and visitors about our aerial-spraying plan," Gimenez said in a statement after the meeting. "In consultation with health experts and the city of Miami Beach, we have agreed to delay aerial spraying with adulticide by one day." Gimenez said aerial spraying will begin about 5 a.m. Friday, weather permitting. The area will be sprayed again on Sunday and on the following two weekends.



Aerial spraying to begin in Miami Beach to stop spread of Zika virus
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URL: http://www.local10.com/health/zika-viru ... zika-virus
Category: healthNews
Published: September 6, 2016

Description: Aerial spraying to begin Thursday for 4 weeks
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Miami-Dade County is continuing its fight against the Zika virus and will begin aerial spraying in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Tuesday in a statement. Gimenez said the county will begin aerial spraying in the 1.5-square-mile area in Miami Beach where mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus. "Over the weekend, the number of mosquitoes found in traps in the 1.5-square-mile area in Miami Beach where mosquitoes have tested positive for Zika has increased," Gimenez said. "Despite the increase, it is important to note that all subsequent test results from mosquitoes in the same three trap locations have been negative for Zika." The county has already been conducting aerial sprays in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood since the first cases of local transmission were reported. The Environmental Protection Agency-approved spray will now move to Miami Beach, where initially concerns over high-rise buildings and construction sites prevented the spraying from happening. According to the mayor's office, the spraying in the affected area in Miami Beach will begin about 5 a.m. Thursday and wrap up within a half-hour. It will be conducted over the next four weeks. The aerial spraying will focus on adulticide treatment, while larvicide application will happen on the ground by truck or by hand. "Due to the unique topography, high-rise buildings and construction sites on Miami Beach, at this time, we will focus our aerial spraying only on adulticide treatment and larvicide application on the ground by truck or by hand during inspections," Gimenez said. "This treatment differs slightly from the larvicide treatment we were able to perform both aerially and on the ground in the area north of downtown Miami where local transmission was first identified." The affected area in Miami Beach has been identified as a 1.5-square-mile area between Eighth Street and 28th Street in the city's South Beach district. Six new cases linked to Miami Beach were announced Friday. The county also said buffalo turbine trucks will be continuing to spray over the next four weeks west of Washington Avenue overnight and east of Washington Avenue between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. "As far as we know, Miami-Dade is one of the first counties in the nation to use this state-of-the-art equipment, using EPA-approved Bti to target breeding areas and reduce the mosquito population," Gimenez said. Residents in the area are asked to drain standing water to help efforts to remove mosquitoes from the area.



Zika virus changes Miami Beach tourists' scene
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Category: healthNews
Published: September 5, 2016

Description: Outdoor seating not popular in Lincoln Road on Labor Day Weekend
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Tourism wasn't booming during Labor Day Weekend in Miami Beach. And there were plenty of empty tables on the popular outdoor areas of Lincoln Road. Authorities ramped up their efforts to reduce their mosquito population on Monday. To kill the mosquito larvae, authorities were using Baccillus Thuringiensis Israelensis, a microbe found in soil known as Bti. Residents and tourists should expect aerial and ground spraying of government-approved pesticide to be focused West of Washington Avenue from 8th to 28th Streets. Buffallo Turbine trucks will be spraying East of Washington Avenue on Tuesday and Wednesday. In Miami's mainland, Miami-Dade County mosquito control maintained efforts where the first locally transmitted cases were reported in Wynwood. The area, according to health authorities, is from Northwest 22nd and 36th Streets and Northeast 2nd and 3rd Avenues.



Zika virus cases increase in Miami Beach, officials say
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Category: healthNews
Published: September 2, 2016

Description: Commissioner opposes CDC recommendation to air spray pesticide
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - While residents are still learning about investigators finding mosquitoes with the Zika virus, a local official announced there were more people diagnosed with the virus than the Florida Health Department had reported. Due to Hurricane Hermine, state officials did not release their daily report on Friday. But Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco used his Facebook account to report there were six more cases in Miami Beach. City Manager Jimmy Morales notified Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine of the cases and officials talked to the Department of Health. Grieco said he reiterated his opposition to the use of aerial spraying in Miami Beach. He also used social media to ask residents to "continue to take appropriate precautions and report any standing water" to the city with the Miami Beach eGov mobile phone app. Gov. Rick Scott said the Centers for Disease Control recommended air spraying in Miami Beach and the state made the funds available to make it happen. "Naled [an EPA approved pesticide] is a public concern," Grieco said. He added there is a lot "we don't know" about the pesticide. As of Thursday, officials reported there were 705 Zika virus cases in Florida. The majority of infections are travel related. There were about 170 cases in Miami-Dade County and some 100 in Broward County. After the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported there were mosquitoes with Zika at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the tourist destination closed on Monday. Miami's Wynwood, where authorities identified the first non-travel related cases in the nation in July, remained a popular destination for displays of outdoor art and nightlife.
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