Miami Beach Travel Zika

Zika in Miami & Avoiding the Virus

As a resident of Miami Beach, the second location within Miami Dade county to have recorded non-foreign contracted Zika cases, it is interesting to witness the media’s coverage of Zika in comparison to day-to-day life in an “Active Zika Zone”.  A virus which can potentially cause deaths in infants is certainly not to be taken lightly. However, for the rest of the non-child bearing population, Zika effects are not life-threatening (albeit less than desirable). What are the facts about how the virus effects the non-pregnant population, and what are steps you can take to reduce the risk of contracting Zika?

Zika Facts 

  • Symptoms of Zika are generally mild, only 20% of those contracting it show symptoms. When experienced, symptoms are flu-like and include onset of rashes.
  • Zika typically lasts two weeks. Men and women are advised to wait 8 weeks before attempting to conceive.
  • A vaccine is already underway. Invio Pharmaceuticals received FDA approval for testing an experimental vaccine in humans.
  • With air-conditioning, window screens, and overall mosquito control, experts believe the spread of Zika to be relatively contained and not a major epidemic in the US.
  • Miami Beach will begins aerial spraying on Thursday, 8.25.2016 to combat the mosquitoes carrying the virus.
  • Zika is easier to stop than West Nile Virus, since mosquitoes that carry Zika can only travel short distance.

4 Steps to Take to Avoid Zika in Miami

  1. Wear long sleeves and have skin covered when outside. This seems unreasonable in hot weather, however light colors and linen are both breathable and fashionable in Miami
  2. Apply Deet-Free bug repellent. Avon has a Deet Free repellent that works great and leaves skin feeling soft.  Why Deet Free? Deet is more harsh and can potentially be harmful to health.
  3. Close windows and screens. Ensure holes in screens are repaired.
  4.  Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active, between Dusk and Dawn.

 

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