Concerns About the Zika Virus for Travelers to Collier County, Florida including Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City
Naples, Fla. (August 2, 2016) – Collier County Mosquito Control and Florida Department of Health confirms there are no mosquito-related cases of Zika virus transmission in Collier County, Florida. This area includes Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Immokalee.
Collier County Mosquito Control tests mosquitoes regularly and there is no evidence of any Zika infected mosquitoes in this reqion. Four existing travel-related Zika cases have been identified in Collier County, meaning the people acquired the infection while out of the country.
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have identified one small area in the Wynwood neighborhood north of downtown Miami where Zika was spread by mosquitoes. This remains the only area of the state where DOH has confirmed local transmission of Zika.
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.
There is a Zika Virus Information Hotline for residents and visitors who have any questions. That number 855-622-6735.
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
- Para-menthane diol
- 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.Back to top of page