▪ Avoid travel to areas where there are infected mosquitoes. Of the 14 local cases, 12 are in Miami-Dade just north of downtown and two are in Broward.
▪ See your doctor or contact the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at305-324-2400 for testing if you visited the Wynwood area on or after June 15 or a country known to have Zika and develop a fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes.
▪ Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding can use insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients: DEET and Picaridin, found in such products as Off!, Cutter and Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus. These are EPA-registered insect repellents.
▪ The CDC said Monday women and men who’ve traveled to Wynwood, Midtown or the Design District and have a pregnant sex partner should use condoms every time they have sex during the pregnancy, or avoid having sex during the pregnancy.
▪ U.S. doctors should test newborns who show signs of the Zika virus, especially in Florida, where mosquitoes are prevalent.
▪ Most insect repellent can be used on children, with a few caveats. Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
▪ Do not apply insect repellent to children under 2 months old.
▪ Dress children in clothing that covers their arms and legs.
▪ Use mosquito netting to cover cribs, strollers and baby carriers.
▪ Protect your home from mosquitoes by using screens on windows and doors and getting rid of standing water.
▪ Stay in places with air conditioning and with windows and door screens.
▪ If you are sleeping outdoors, sleep under a mosquito net.
▪ Use insect repellent and wear protective clothing.
▪ Upon return from a place where there were infected mosquitoes, continue to protect yourself for three weeks after travel so you do not spread Zika.
▪ If you feel sick when you return from a trip, immediately go to a doctor.