Miami, FL Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said Friday, after learning of the four locally acquired Zika virus cases reported in South Florida, that he was confident that Miami-Dade County is prepared to fight Zika,  “just like we – together, as a community — have fought against West Nile, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya”, thanks to past successful mosquito control efforts.

Miami Zika mapMayor Gimenez has committed that his administration will make available whatever resources are needed to help fight the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Gimenez said they will continue to monitor the potential spread of the Zika virus locally using time-tested proactive surveillance and monitoring.

LISTEN: Roger S. Nasci, PhD, Chief of the Arboviral Diseases Branch in the Division of Vector-Borne diseases at the CDC talks about chikungunya on the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show Dec. 2013.

Residents are reminded that they are the first line of defense against the spread of mosquito-borne viruses.  Residents can help by draining any standing water outside their homes, covering areas where standing water is likely to accumulate, and using mosquito repellent outdoors.

LISTEN: Zika virus: An interview with Dr Scott Weaver

DDT: A history, Silent Spring, the ban and the rise of the mosquitoes–An interview with Dr Jane Orient


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