Zika Virus

DATE: July 29, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Anh Ton, Director
Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division / Mosquito Control Section
PHONE: 954-357-8041
EMAIL: aton@broward.org

UPDATE: August 3, 2016. Broward County does not have active local transmission of the Zika virus by mosquitoes. There are now 15 confirmed non-travel related cases of the Zika virus in South Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health. Only one is in Broward County. The Florida Department of Health has ruled out two previous suspected non-travel related cases. The Health Department still believes active transmission is only taking place within a one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County. There are no active investigations in Broward County and no areas of active transmission in Broward County.

UPDATE: August 2, 2016. The Florida Department of Health reports there are now three suspected non-travel related Zika virus cases in Broward.

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – The Florida Department of Health has concluded that four Zika virus cases in South Florida are the result of local transmission. Two are in Broward County. At this time, the County would like to ensure all residents that everything possible is being done to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

The Broward County Mosquito Control Section is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and Code Enforcement partners in Broward’s 31 municipalities.

Here’s what’s being done to protect residents in a 300 yard minimum radius around the home of the first suspected locally-acquired cases:
◾Conducting door-to-door back pack spraying
◾Draining standing water where possible
◾Treating standing water with long-lasting larvicide
◾Eliminating mosquito habitats
◾Setting up mosquito traps
◾Sampling adult mosquitos to gauge effectiveness of the above-mentioned treatments

In addition, the Mosquito Control Section has purchased extra chemicals and equipment to continue the back-pack spraying and larvicide placement, and has re-assigned personnel to assist in administering larvicide to areas of standing water that can’t be drained.

Residents can help in this effort by letting Mosquito Control officials enter their property so these preventive steps can be taken. You can also contact the Mosquito Control Section and request spraying in your neighborhood, either by calling 954-765-4062 or completing the online Mosquito Spray Request Form.

It’s very important that residents do their part to help. Take the time this weekend to go around your property, and drain anything that’s holding standing water. This can include flower pots, children’s toys, pet bowls, used car parts, and even coconut shells. Cover yourself when outdoors, and wear a mosquito repellant that contains DEET. The mosquito that carries the Zika virus can bite indoors, and during the day, so be sure to keep doors and windows closed. This flyer offers more tips for breaking the Zika virus cycle. For more information on protecting yourself from mosquito-borne diseases, visit our website.

The Florida Department of Health has set up a Zika virus information line for concerned residents. That number is 1-855-622-6735.


July 21, 2016
Communications Office
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today the Florida Department of Health announced that it is conducting an epidemiological investigation into a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Broward County. The investigation into the possible case in Miami-Dade County is ongoing.

The department is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will share additional details as they become available. Zika prevention kits and repellant will be available at DOH-Broward and distributed in the area under investigation. The department is also coordinating with local OBGYNs for distribution of the kits. Zika kits are intended for pregnant women. The department continues to work closely with mosquito control to ensure trapping, reduction and prevention activities are conducted in the area of investigation.

At the direction of Governor Rick Scott, State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip has requested that CDC provide assistance in our investigation and response efforts by sending a medical epidemiologist to Florida to help our continued investigation into possible non-travel related Zika infection.

Residents and visitors are urged to participate in requests for blood and urine samples by the department in the areas of investigation. These results will help the department determine the number of people affected.

Residents and visitors are reminded that the best way to protect themselves is to prevent mosquito bites through practicing good drain and cover methods:

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying
• Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
• Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.
• Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.
• Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
• Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent
• CLOTHING – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
• REPELLENT – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
o Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
o EPA-approved repellent is safe for pregnant women to use.
o Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house
• Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.

The department continues to issue daily updates each week day at 2 p.m. Updates include a CDC-confirmed Zika case count by county and information to better keep Floridians prepared.

For more information on Zika virus, click here.

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