The Florida Department of Health confirms there are no locally transmitted (mosquito related) cases of Zika virus in Collier County, Florida. This clear area includes Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Immokalee, as well as the Gulf Coast area of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.
Seven travel-associated Zika cases have been identified in Collier County, meaning the people acquired the infection while out of the country. It is important to note that these cases no longer pose any public transmission risk and there is no evidence of local transmission of the virus. These cases simply remain on the cumulative list.
Collier County Mosquito Control tests mosquitoes regularly and there is no evidence of Zika infected mosquitoes in this region. Active efforts remain underway to clear areas of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, treat areas with spray to kill both adult and larva stage mosquitoes, and to provide mosquito repellant/protection information and supplies.
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) There is a 4.5 square mile section of Miami Beach and a one square mile of the Little River section of downtown Miami where Zika has been locally transmitted that are active Zika Zones. The CDC has lifted the Zika Zone desingation for the Wynwood neighborhood north of downtown Miami.
There is a Zika Virus Information Hotline for residents and visitors who have any questions.
That number 855-622-6735. The Florida Department of Health has provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Zika to educate the public about how the virus cab be transmitted and much more.
For more information on the Zika virus, visit www.floridahealth.gov/zika. At that site you can find the Florida Department of Health daily update on Zika.
While there is no evidence that the Zika virus is in the mosquito population in the Greater Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City areas of Collier County, visitors that may be concerned should practice the following to prevent mosquito bites.
· Use insect repellant with any of the following active ingredients
DEET (up to 30%)
Oil of lemon eucalyptus
Always follow product label instructions and make sure repellent is age-appropriate.
It is safe for pregnant or nursing women to use EPA-approved repellants if applied according to package label instructions.
Apply repellent on bare skin or clothing, not under clothing.
· Cover skin with long-sleeved shirts and long pants
Apply a permethrin repellent directly to clothing or purchase pre-treated clothing. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and do not apply directly to the skin.
· Keep mosquitoes out of hotel rooms
Choose a hotel or lodging with air conditioning or screens on windows and doors.
Sleep under a mosquito bed net when outside or in a room that is not screened.
For more information on mosquito bite prevention visit: Mosquito-borne Prevention. Zika can also be transmitted sexually. The CDC has put out guidance related to the sexual transmission of the Zika virus. This includes CDC recommendation that if you have traveled to a country or area with local transmission of Zika you should abstain from unprotected sex.