Palm Beach County: We’ve distributed 240,000 Zika info flyers

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zika2Even as the state Friday revealed two new travel-related cases of the Zika virus in Palm Beach County, the county already has distributed nearly a quarter million flyers educating people about the crisis, County Administrator Verdenia Baker said Friday in an update sent to commissioners and staff.

“We are monitoring this very fluid situation and will take further actions, if necessary. Our goal is to keep our residents and visitors safe,” Baker said in sending the update.

Also Friday. Gov. Rick Scott said that, of 20,000 mosquitoes tested across Florida , not a one has tested positive for the Zika virus, this as the state and its federal partners continue to reduce the danger zone in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.

Baker said Friday that Palm Beach County now has four 2-person crews applying chemicals on the ground, searching for and emptying water containers, and educating residents, and has a person on call in the Glades. She said workers will be armed with “newer, lighter and more effective backpack sprayers and hand foggers.”

Baker also said the county’s mosquito control hotline has received an “unprecedented” volume of calls. She said the county’s health department has begun training local medical professionals to conduct educational seminars with homeowner associations. And she said, several agencies have stepped efforts to find and get rid of illegally-dumped waste tires, which fill with water and become prime mosquito breeder sites.

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Baker

 

Baker said some 240,000 flyers have been distributed. They’re being put in county water bills and sent to county libraries and other county locations as well as Palm Beach International Airport and the Port of Palm Beach. She said the county’s working with local cities and utilities to distribute the materials as well. The flyers include one from Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management (left).

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Palm Beach County distributes new Zika flyer; Gov. Scott: Not one local mosquito found to carry virus

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ERMZikaOf 20,000 mosquitoes tested across Florida , not a one has tested positive for the Zika virus, this as the state and its federal partners continue to reduce the danger zone in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, Gov. Rick Scott said Friday.

“The only spot where we believe there is the risk of local transmission right now is Wynwood,” Scott told state legislators Friday afternoon in a 20-minute conference call.

Also Friday, Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management issued a new flyer reminding county residents how to help fight the spread of the virus (left).

 

On Thursday, in the Wynwood section, which researchers say is the source for the locally-contracted cases in Florida, a 10-block section to the northwest was declared clear of Zika mosquitoes.

But two new travel-related cases were found in Miami-Dade County, bringing the state’s total of those affected to 393, including 55 pregnant women.

Officials of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health have said the only way for a local mosquito to spread the disease locally is  to bite someone who has the virus, then transfer it as it bites a second person. Zika also can be transmitted sexually.

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Philip

“We’re not surprised that we have local transmission,” Florida Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip said in Friday’s conference call. But, she said, “If we can keep the

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Scott

number of cases very low, that helps us do our part to protect pregnant women in our communities.”

 

Zika has been blamed for microencephaly, a condition in which a newborn’s head is smaller than expected, and the baby’s brain might not fully develop.

Scott and Philip also came in late June to West Palm Beach to huddle with Palm Beach County officials.

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