Given the press coverage about the Zika virus and its recent impact on Florida, we want to provide you with the latest information on this issue:
• The Florida Department of Health confirms that there are no cases of locally-acquired Zika in Lee County.
• The Florida Department of Health has identified a one-half-square-mile area of Wynwood and a 1.5-square-mile section in Miami Beach where non-travel related cases of Zika are occurring. An additional case of locally acquired Zika was identified in Pinellas County.
• The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women not travel to the identified area in Miami.
The Florida Department of Health has requested that all consumer questions continue to be directed to the state Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735.
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel continues to monitor updated related to the Zika virus with local, state and federal agencies.
To prevent mosquito bites while traveling, the CDC recommends the following:
• Use insect repellent. Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered repellent with one of the following active ingredients: DEET; Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel and icaridin); oil of lemon eucalyptus; IR3535. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
• Cover up. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
• Keep mosquitoes outside. Use screens on windows and doors. If you are not able to fully protect yourself with windows and doors, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
To further prevent mosquito bites, please follow these tips from the Florida Department of Health.