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Dr. Tom Frieden on the Zika issue: “The key is to protect the pregnant women”
Four days ago there was a Zika virus news conference in Doral, Florida, where the officials including the Florida Governor Rick Scott and the CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, brought up to date this issue. They weren’t afraid to say that this is a new situation the state is confronting with, never having to deal with a mosquito-borne disease that can cause birth defects.
They talked about the great efforts that they are putting in fighting this virus including actions to eliminate the areas or spots where there is standing water which is the most favorable environment for the mosquitoes to mate and multiply. The people living in the affected area received medical care and they were assessed to identify the Zika transmission.
However, the most important announcement was that they succeed to clear a 10 block area in the Northwest corner of the area with local Zika transmission by aerial spraying the area which was demonstrated to be the most effective, fastest and safest method to kill the mosquitoes.
Florida has one of the best mosquito control department in the world and the officials are encouraged by this fact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will continue to keep under observation the entire one square mile area of Wynwood which is considered to be the epicenter of the Zika outbreak in Miami. “I am hopeful that we will be able to continue to clear other areas in the one square mile as testing continues,” said the Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Also the governor encouraged the tourists to visit Florida since the state is safe, but he advised pregnant women to stay away from the monitored area and those who are living there to attend a medical unit for Zika testing.