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Lifted Zika transmission zone in Little River


Zika transmission zone in the Little River/Little Haiti area has been lifted

On December 2, Miami-Dade County celebrated the second victory in less than two weeks in the fight against the Zika virus. Zika transmission zone in the Little River/Little Haiti area has been lifted. Miami is the first community to break the cycle of transmission, first in Wynwood, then in the north area of Miami Beach, and now in the Little River/Little Haiti area.

The $17 million we have spent on Zika prevention and response in our community to date has been money well spent, and we thank Governor Scott for the more than $12 million he has allocated as a reimbursement. However, our work is not done, and we will continue to explore new and emerging technologies for mosquito control, said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

The mayor will travel to Atlanta with Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak on Monday to meet with representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discuss and plan Zika-related activities for 2017.

Even though the virus transmission area has been lifted, every citizen and visitor must remain vigilant and continue to drain any standing water, wear mosquito repellant, and cover up with long sleeves and pants when going outdoors.

We will continue to do our part in County Government by working with our many local, state and federal partners to ensure the continued break in the cycle of Zika transmission. We also remain hopeful that a vaccine will be developed in the next few years, and will continue to collaborate closely with the CDC on this development, said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

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