After our nation's political conventions are over and congress has not yet authorized a Zika funding bill, almost all media organizations are now calling Miami ground zero for the Zika Virus. So I wanted to look into the exact Wynwood neighborhood that is considered the Zika Ground Zero in Wynwood.
The Miami Herald article and video which shows Florida Department of Health workers going door to door on NW 30th St and NW 1st Ave. An interview is given by Aileen M. Marty, MD, a Professor of Infectious Diseases at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
There is not too much detailed information out there about the specific Zika Virus cases in Miami. Here is some the key information:
- The Aedes aegypti species of mosquito does not travel more than 150 meters, about 500 feet in its lifetime.
- 12 of Florida's 14 local Zika cases were transmitted within a 150 meter-local area. This is the only local neighborhood in Florida where the health department has confirmed the ongoing local transmissions of Zika as of Friday, July 29, 2016.
- Florida health officials and local mosquito control workers have been spraying in this area for several weeks since the first case was diagnosed.
- Below is a link to the map of the specific area.