To help keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware of the status of the Zika virus, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is providing the below information as resources. Preventing mosquito bites will not only enhance your enjoyment of outdoor activities, but can also protect you from exposure to Zika. For additional information, contact the Florida Department of Health Zika Virus Information Hotline at 1-855-622-6735.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Florida Department of Health
- Florida Department of Health: Zika Virus
- Florida Department of Health: Daily Zika Update
- Mosquito Bite Protection in Florida (PDF)
Governor Scott’s Updates on the Zika Virus
Gov. Scott: All Areas Cleared of Active Zika Transmission in Florida
MIAMI, Fla. (December 9, 2016) – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has cleared the Miami Beach area of local Zika transmission. The newly cleared area is about 1.5 square miles between 8th and 28th streets. Florida no longer has any identified areas with active Zika transmission.
Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that the remaining Miami Beach area has been cleared of any ongoing active transmission of the Zika virus. This means that Florida does not have any identified areas with active Zika transmission, which is incredible news for the Miami Beach community and our entire state. Miami Beach attracts millions of people each year with its beautiful beaches, world-class hotels, vibrant restaurants, shops and events, and lifting this zone sends a message across the world that Miami Beach remains a top tourist destination. I encourage everyone to take an opportunity to come visit this incredible community as soon as possible and support the many businesses here.
“While it is disappointing that the federal government has not been a good partner in providing resources and funding to fight Zika, the State of Florida has been fully committed to doing everything we can to keep our families and visitors safe. I look forward to having a new partner in the White House who will work with us to combat the Zika virus.
“Since our first case of active Zika transmission, DOH has tirelessly worked alongside their many local partners and community members to educate Floridians and visitors, prevent the spread of mosquitoes, and combat the Zika virus. While today’s announcement is great news, we must all remain vigilant by continuing to dump standing water and wear bug spray. We have learned a lot this year about battling Zika and the importance of using aggressive mosquito control measures and we cannot let the lifting of this final zone or the upcoming winter allow us to become complacent. We must all remain fully committed to doing our part to keep Florida clear of active Zika transmission in order to protect pregnant women and their developing babies.”