zika

Garden With Zika Mosquitoes Looks For Bug-Repelling Plants

Sep 11, 2016
Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Miami Beach Botanical Garden officials say they're working to rid the property of mosquitoes that could spread the Zika virus.

An Orlando nonprofit is recruiting volunteers to process data for researchers studying the Zika virus.

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Backlash over aerial spraying of the insecticide in South Beach is prompting other Florida residents to question how it's used.

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Business owners are anxious for federal health officials to lift a travel advisory warning pregnant women and their partners to avoid parts of Miami and South Beach that have been identified as zones of active transmission of the Zika virus.

CDC

The head of the government's fight against the Zika virus says that "we are now essentially out of money" and warns that the country is "about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly" in the coming months.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden addressed a handful of reporters as lawmakers start to sort out a stopgap government funding bill that is being targeted to also carry long-delayed money to battle Zika.

After about two months in recess, Congress is back in Washington D.C., and people are hopeful there will be some agreement on what can be done to combat the Zika virus—which has already plagued more than 750 Floridians. That comes as the Senate failed to pass another Zika funding bill again this week and there may be even more issues surrounding the mosquito-borne disease on the table.

The first round of aerial insecticide spraying in South Beach was completed at 5:32 a.m. Friday.

A group of researchers and doctors convened in Miami this week to discuss how different specialists are responding to the Zika virus.

Organized by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the conversation ranged from mosquito control to pediatric research—but one of the hottest topics at the discussion surrounded Zika virus testing.

Researchers at UM have applied for a grant to develop rapid Zika testing.

A ticking time bomb. That's what some health officials say the Zika virus is in Southeast Asia.

Travelers Continue Bringing Zika Into Florida

Sep 9, 2016

Florida has 744 reported cases of the Zika virus, with 12 new cases involving people who contracted the disease outside of the state, the Florida Department of Health reported Thursday.

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The Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County will hold a Zika forum Friday in Tampa to address concerns about pregnancy.

Zika infection is linked to microcephaly, a birth defect that causes infants to be born with small heads.

Jane Murphy, the executive director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, said the forum will educate both the public and health care workers.

House Members Support Modified Mosquitoes To Combat Zika

Sep 8, 2016
Alexandre Carvalho (Oxitec)

With the number of locally transmitted Zika cases continuing to climb, 61 members of the Florida House have signed a letter urging federal officials to allow the use of genetically engineered mosquitoes to help combat the virus.

Governor Rick Scott says he’s disappointed by the failure of Congress to pass a Zika funding bill, and he’s not alone.

After a heated emergency workshop that included protests from neighbors against the use of a pesticide forbidden in Europe and exchanges between the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, the aerial spraying of adulticide against mosquitoes in Miami Beach was postponed 24 hours until Friday morning. 

Several hundred concerned citizens attended -- and often interrupted -- a heated, last-minute Miami Beach City Commission workshop to discuss use of the pesticide Naled to control mosquitoes that may carry Zika. They say they're worried the pesticide is more harmful than the birth defects that can be caused by the virus.

 

 

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Most people are trying to avoid Florida mosquitoes, blamed for dozens of cases of the Zika virus.

But Republican Congressman David Jolly decided to make a point today by bringing a container of them to the House floor.

Oxitec

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday again rejected a Zika funding bill that the House passed in June.

Trucks equipped with blowers are driving through South Beach to spray pesticides that kill mosquito larvae.

The total cost of mosquito control in Miami-Dade County became a bit clearer Tuesday, as officials released a preliminary look at the county’s 2016-2017 budget.

 

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A Tampa firefighter who lives in Pinellas County is the first person with a locally-transmitted case of Zika in the Tampa Bay area.

Governor's Press Office

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has canceled a trip to Washington, where he was to meet with congressional leaders about funding fo r the Zika virus.

Oxitec

Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church hosted a public forum last night to inform residents about the Zika virus. Dr. Aileen Marty is a professor of infectious diseases at Florida International University. She led the discussion and answered questions about Zika prevention.

How long does a pregnant woman have to wait to find out if she does or does not have the Zika virus?

 

A town hall in Miami on Thursday night made it clear the Florida Department of Health has been significantly understating the amount of time it takes.


Buchanan Says Hermine May Worsen Zika Outbreak

Sep 2, 2016

A hurricane or tropical storm hitting Florida may worsen the Zika virus outbreak, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan warned in a letter Thursday urging congressional leaders to take immediate action on more federal funding to combat the disease, which can cause severe birth defects.

Officials from the Florida Department of Agriculture have found three Zika-positive mosquito samples in Miami Beach.

Florida Department of Health

A new poll on Americans' health care attitudes finds almost half are wary of traveling to places in the U.S. where people have been infected with the Zika virus by mosquitoes, such as parts of Florida.

Summer is winding down, but when members of Congress return to Washington from their vacations next week, many of their constituents want them to do something about the mosquitoes — the ones carrying Zika virus, to be specific.

A new survey shows that three quarters of Americans say Congress should make the allocation of more money to deal with the Zika outbreaks in Florida and Puerto Rico an "important" or "top priority" when they return to Washington.

Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health reported three new, non-travel related cases of Zika in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday.

Gov. Rick Scott was in Naples Monday, hosting a roundtable discussion on Zika readiness with the Collier County Health Department and the county’s mosquito control district.

Florida health officials are battling 43 confirmed cases of homegrown transmission of the virus. Nearly all of them are in the Miami-Dade neighborhoods of Wynwood and Miami Beach, including one new case of local transmission as recently as Monday. But there have been two investigations of locally-transmitted cases in Palm Beach County, as well as one case in Pinellas County. That’s on top of the nearly 550 travel-related cases statewide.

With more and more locally transmitted Zika cases in Florida, a bipartisan group of state House lawmakers are joining together to ask for federal help to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

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