August 3, 2016
Greater Miami and The Beaches Travel and Tourism Industry
OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
The safety and well-being of the 15.5 million visitors to Miami and the Beaches is a top priority for the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and all our travel and tourism partners. As such, the GMCVB is in close contact with the Florida Department of Health and Miami-Dade County to communicate updates and recommendations to our visitors concerning mosquito borne illnesses.
Due to a small cluster outbreak of locally-acquired Zika, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an advisory for pregnant women traveling to a small neighborhood in Miami-Dade County. The area under investigation is approximately one square mile of Miami-Dade County’s more than 2,400 square miles in the area north of Downtown Miami between Biscayne Boulevard to the east; NW 5th Avenue to the west; 20th Street on the south; and 38th Street on the North.
Visitors into the area should note there is no wide-spread transmission of Zika in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County’s mosquito-control team is continually testing mosquitos for Zika and to date, none of the mosquitos have tested positive for Zika. This is a reassuring sign and further evidence that travel into Miami and The Beaches remains safe. The CDC’s advisory is specific to pregnant women and only for a tightly contained neighborhood. For complete details on the CDC’s advisory, click here.
The GMCVB encourages visitors to exercise mosquito safety measures which includes utilizing mosquito repellant as well as covering exposed areas of the skin while mosquitos are active. For more information on how to prevent mosquito bites, visit Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control website by clicking here.
The Florida Department of Health has requested that all consumer questions continue to be directed to the state Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735. For additional information from the Florida Department of Health, click here.
Miami-Dade County has a proven track-record of successfully controlling mosquito borne illnesses and is utilizing the most sophisticated mosquito control techniques to control the spread of Zika. We look forward to welcoming you as we continue to be open for business.