|Publicado el: 09/12/2016|
Statement from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez regarding Governor Scotts lifting of the Zika zone in Miami Beach
With Governor Scott’s lifting of the Zika zone in the south area of Miami Beach (between Southwest 8th Street to Southwest 28th Street, from Biscayne Bay to the ocean) this morning, Miami-Dade County is now Zika-zone free. We are the first community in the world to break the cycle of local transmission -- first in the Wynwood area (Northwest 5th Avenue to the west, U.S. 1 to the East, 38th Street to the north, and 20th Street to the south), then in the north area of Miami Beach (28th Street on the south and 63rd Street on the north, from Biscayne Bay to the ocean) and the Little River/Little Haiti area (Northwest 79th Street to the north, Northwest 63rd Street to the south, North Miami Avenue to the east and Northwest 10th Avenue to the west), and now in the south area of Miami Beach -- and should be proud of what we have accomplished together.
Because of our success, Miami-Dade’s Mosquito Control team is regarded as a model for the rest of the world, and we will continue to explore new and emerging technologies and options to keep our community safe from the Zika virus. I was in Atlanta earlier this week to meet with the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others to discuss and plan for next year’s Zika-related activities. 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.
Although all Zika transmission zones in Miami have been lifted, we must remain vigilant and we all must continue to do our part as residents and visitors. Mosquito control is a year-round responsibility, and we continue to rely on everyone who lives in or travels to Miami-Dade to help us stop the spread of Zika by draining any standing water, wearing mosquito repellant, and covering up with long sleeves and pants when going outdoors.
I want to thank the City of Miami Beach, especially Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager Jimmy Morales, for their ongoing collaboration, and the hard-working team at Miami-Dade Mosquito Control for all that they have done to help clear the final Zika zone in our community.
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