Zika

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An argument that has been taking place in Mosquito Control board meetings, hotel conference rooms and Facebook comment strings finally moved to the ballot box on Tuesday.

With most of the vote in (32 of 33 precincts) the GMO mosquito question had split results.

In Key Haven where the test would take place, it's a resounding no - 65 to 35 percent. But the rest of the county said yes - 58 to 42 percent. 

Federal scientists have launched another test in human volunteers of a Zika vaccine. This one uses a more traditional approach than an experiment that started in August.

Travel Related Zika Cases Continue To Rise

Nov 6, 2016

Florida health officials on Friday announced eight new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including two infections involving pregnant women.

Three More Pregnant Women Diagnosed With Zika

Nov 2, 2016

Florida health officials Tuesday reported seven more cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including three infections involving pregnant women.

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South Floridians have one more reason to avoid the Zika virus—and this one’s especially for the men out there: New research using mouse models shows the Zika virus can shrink testicles.

“We started looking at the placental barrier and seeing if the virus could cross there,” says Dr. Jen Govero, a scientist who worked on the study at Washington University in St. Louis.

Zika Cases Top 1,100 In Florida

Nov 1, 2016

With the addition of five more cases Monday, Florida's total number of diagnoses of the mosquito-borne Zika virus topped 1,100, according to information posted online by the state Department of Health.

The total hit 1,103, including 124 infections involving pregnant women. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

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An adult aedes aegypti mosquito measures about six millimeters. That’s roughly a quarter of an inch. Yet for weeks this summer, it looked to threaten a $26 billion a year industry that underpins the South Florida economy -- tourism.

The bug remains a big public health worry -- so much so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that pregnant women stay away from all of Miami-Dade County -- but it in its early months, hasn’t hurt tourism.

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But try telling that to Donald Goldberg, manager of the Wynwood Diner.

Miami Beach Hopes Zika Won't Repel Halloween Visitors

Oct 30, 2016

Miami Beach officials and business owners hope Zika won’t scare away Halloween crowds.


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This week on The Florida Roundup...

The State of Florida has budgeted about 12 million dollars to help Miami-Dade County in its efforts to battle Zika and the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Now, Florida's Surgeon General is requesting a comprehensive Zika action plan from the county to detail spending. Mayor Gimenez says he will comply. Does this signify a rift between the state and the county? WLRN's Sammy Mack and The Miami Herald's Daniel Chang fill us in on the latest.

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Mosquitoes bite everyone, not just Haitians. It's a point health educator Marie-Jose Ledan is sure to make when she approaches Little Haiti's churches, laundromats and mom-and-pop businesses about protecting people from the Zika virus.

That seems obvious, but many in Miami's newest Zika "hot zone" bitterly remember what happened the last time health officials linked a devastating virus to this community: Discrimination and recrimination against Haitians continued for years after the federal government wrongly listed being Haitian as a risk factor for HIV and AIDS.

Florida’s Surgeon General wants to know how Miami-Dade County is spending state funds in combating the Zika virus.

Florida Reports 14 More Zika Cases

Oct 27, 2016

With Miami-Dade County continuing to be hit hard, Florida health officials said Wednesday the state has added 14 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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Every year, tens of thousands of people from the mainland come to Key West for Fantasy Fest.

And lots of them are wearing very little – if anything.

Because some of those visitors may be infected with the Zika virus, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has taken extra steps to wipe out Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area.

The district brought in inspectors from other parts of the Keys and went to every property on the route of Friday’s masquerade march and in what’s called “fantasy zones.”

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Temperatures may be dropping a little in Florida, but that doesn’t mean the Zika virus is going away anytime soon, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Here’s the plain truth,” Frieden told an audience at The Atlantic magazine’s CityLab conference in Miami. “Zika and other diseases spread by Aedes aegypti are really not controllable with current technology. So we will see this become endemic in this hemisphere.”

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