STATEMENT FROM DPH COMMISSIONER ON UPDATED CDC ZIKA TRAVEL PRECAUTIONS

8/19/2016 The following is a statement from Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino regarding today’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that an additional area of active Zika transmission has been identified in Florida involving a section of Miami Beach, in addition to the area of active Zika transmission near Wynwood.

“Based on confirmation by the State of Florida and the CDC of several cases of locally transmitted Zika virus, the CDC is advising pregnant women, women who plan to become pregnant and their sexual partners to consider postponing travel to Miami-Dade County in Florida and, if travel must occur, to avoid Miami Beach and the Wynwood neighborhood in north Miami. I encourage Connecticut women who are or plan to become pregnant and their partners to take these travel warnings very seriously. While Zika virus causes only mild symptoms in most people, it can have devastating, life-long consequences for unborn children.

The mosquito suspected of transmitting Zika in the Miami area is not found in Connecticut. However, another mosquito capable of transmitting Zika virus, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, has been trapped in several Connecticut towns this summer. While none of these mosquitoes have tested positive for Zika thus far, I encourage Connecticut residents to help control mosquito populations by removing standing water outside homes and eliminating trash, debris and other materials that can collect water and provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

At the direction of Governor Malloy, DPH has taken additional steps to actively detect any possible local transmission of Zika in Connecticut and will remain vigilant in our efforts to protect Connecticut residents from Zika virus. We will also continue to update Connecticut residents on travel warnings if and when local transmission is discovered, particularly in other areas of the southern United States.”

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