GREATER MIAMI AND THE BEACHES TRAVEL ADVISORY UPDATE

August 20, 2016

The safety and well-being of the 2.7 million residents and 15.5 million visitors to Greater 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 community and travel and tourism partners. As such, we are in close contact with the Florida Department of Health and Miami-Dade County to communicate updates and recommendations to our residents, employees and visitors concerning mosquito borne illnesses.

Updated Travel Advisory

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel advisory for pregnant women traveling to two neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County where small clusters of locally-acquired Zika were identified. The two isolated areas consist of:

    1. Wynwood: Successful mosquito control efforts have now cleared 76 blocks, reducing the original zone to 0.5 square miles.

2. Miami Beach: This new active transmission zone spans 1.5 miles from 8th to 28th streets. This is one square mile of the Greater Miami area which totals 2,400 square miles

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What You Need to Know

Miami-Dade County’s mosquito-control team is continually testing mosquitos for Zika and taking measures to spray the affected areas. For complete details on the CDC’s advisory, visit: www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html.

The GMCVB encourages visitors to exercise mosquito safety measures which include utilizing mosquito repellant as well as covering exposed areas of the skin while mosquitos are active which is typically in the dusk and dawn hours. For more information on how to prevent mosquito bites, visit Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control website: www.miamidade.gov/solidwaste/mosquito-control.asp.

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, visit: www.floridahealth.gov.

Taking Action

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. Spraying will continue in Wynwood and has already commenced in Miami Beach.

The GMCVB is in close coordination with City, County, State and Federal agencies to communicate the status of the Zika virus, and efforts to minimize the impact on our visitors.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

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