Zika hits Miami area hard triggering warnings

14 cases of Zika in the same Miami neighborhood

MIAMI – On Monday, Florida officials said the number of people with Zika from local mosquitoes had risen to 14 from four. All those cases have been linked to a single neighborhood Wynwood, section of the city is the location.

All pregnant women in the neighborhood as well as any women planning on visiting the area have warned against coming there.

A 9

According to numerous media reports Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday that since the first four cases of local transmission were announced on Friday, it has become clear that “aggressive mosquito control measures don’t seem to be working as well as we would like.”

The 10 additional cases connected to the neighborhood were identified over the weekend, and the people may have become infected as far back as mid-June, he said.

“We advise pregnant women to avoid travel to this area, and pregnant women who live and work in this area and their partners to make every effort to avoid mosquito bites and practice safe sex,” Dr. Frieden said in a news briefing. He said that pregnant women who traveled to the neighborhood on or after June 15 should talk with their doctors about getting tested for Zika infection.

A 8

Meanwhile, The New York Times is reporting that at the request of the state of Florida, the C.D.C. has dispatched an emergency response team, with eight experts in fields ranging from birth defects to mosquito control. Dr. Frieden said that mosquitoes in the neighborhood would be tested to see if they are resistant to insecticides, a process that could take up to several weeks.

No mosquitoes found so far in the neighborhood have tested positive for the virus, but this species of mosquito doesn’t live very long. Because most American cases have occurred in people who had traveled to Latin America, where the Zika epidemic originated, or were infected via sexual transmission, health officials say that it is likely that the Florida mosquitoes carrying the virus acquired it by biting a traveler.

A 11

Some Miami’s most posh cafés are no longer serving lunch or dinner outdoors. They fear that the possibility that their patrons might be danger is not worth the chance. Beach area restaurants are following suit as everyone is taking a better safe than sorry attitude.

The continues to spray most of the Dade County area for mosquitoes in hopes of killing off any further threat of the Zika virus from spreading.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.