Upon confirmation of local Zika transmission, Florida health officials took measures to reduce the mosquito population within the areas where infected individuals reside. Furthermore, the DOH investigated possible routes of transmission, including travel and sexual intercourse with infected individuals. Once these possibilities were ruled out, the DOH began to suspect local transmission.
The Florida DOH has been aggressive in its efforts to minimize the Ae. aegypti population in Miami. According to the CDC, Zika is not a concern unless there continue to be more cases of locally acquired Zika after mosquito control efforts have been taken.
In addition to the $25 million Zika funds the CDC provided to areas at risk of outbreaks in early July, on August 2, the CDC also granted a total of $16 million in Zika funds to all US states and territories.
The CDC recommends that all individuals residing in or traveling to areas where there is an Ae. aegypti mosquito population use DEET-containing mosquito repellent. The CDC suspects that Zika will continue to spread throughout South America and the Caribbean.
*Information contained in this article is accurate at the time of publishing.