Zika in Florida
April 28th, 2017
Florida officials: No Zika found in mosquito samples so far
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida agriculture officials say no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for the Zika virus so far this year.
A statement from the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says nearly 90,000 individual mosquitoes have been tested for the virus linked to severe birth defects. None of the mosquitoes from more than 6,500 samples have tested positive for the presence of Zika so far.
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam has said as summer begins, it's important that Florida communities have the resources they need for Zika response efforts.
A Zika outbreak in Miami's Wynwood arts district last year was the first on the U.S. mainland. It lingered for more than a month but was limited to a small geographic area, much like previous outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses in Florida.
Lee County Mosquito Brochure
Guide to Mosquito Control
CDC- Areas with Risk of Zika
What can you do to prevent and control mosquitoes?
Remove or dispose of containers that hold rain water such as tin cans, tires, buckets, pots, etc.
Change water in outdoor pet dishes twice per week.
Clean clogged rain gutters and drain flat roofs of any standing water.
Repair leaks around faucets or air conditioners that leave water standing for several days.
Stock ornamental ponds with fish.
Change water in bird baths, fountains or troughs twice per week.
Turn over unused wading pools or other containers that collect and hold water.
Cover rain water storage containers with screen.
Eliminate seepage from septic tanks, cesspools, and cisterns.
Irrigate lawns in a manner that does not leave water standing for several days.
Wear repellent that contains Deet or Picaridin on exposed skin to prevent mosquito bites.
Avoid outside activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Lee County Mosquito Control District (239) 694-2174
Collier County Mosquito Control District (239) 2436-1000