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Florida Zika Virus Outbreak Tracking Map

What is Zika virus?

The Zika virus, which is contracted through mosquito bites, can cause flu-like symptoms, rashes, and even birth defects. The threat to unborn children is so serious that health authorities in some countries advise women to postpone pregnancy.

In 2016, there were a total of 285 locally-acquired Zika cases in Florida and 2 cases in 2017 to date. The graph below shows the total number of travel-related Zika virus cases by Florida county. Miami-Dade has been the hardest hit, but numbers continue to rise throughout the state. Check back weekly for updated tracking information.

Stay up to date on reports of the Zika virus outbreak in your area with our tracking map.

Zika Virus Cases Updated Weekly

Source: Florida Department of Health (updates most weekdays).

What you can do.

Controlling mosquitoes around your home has never been more important. To reduce mosquito populations on your property and protect yourself and your family, here's what you should know.

Eliminate breeding places.

Aedes aegypti, the type of mosquito that spreads the Zika virus, is called a "container-breeding" mosquito since it lays eggs in standing water that has collected in man-made containers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, this mosquito lays its eggs on the inner walls of water-filled containers, where the eggs will remain unless they're scrubbed away. The eggs can survive for up to eight months in a dried-out state; when water covers the eggs, they hatch and grow to the adult stage in about one week. This is why it's important to not only keep monitoring your property for standing water, but also thoroughly clean out all containers where water may have been standing.

Every week, look for and clean out potential breeding sites both outdoor and indoors, such as:

  • Vases, flower pots, and saucers
  • Pet water bowls
  • Buckets, bins, discarded paint cans, overturned lids, etc.
  • Covers and tarps over pools, vehicles, or anything stored outside
  • Birdbaths
  • Toys
  • Kiddie pools
  • Rain barrels or collectors
  • Cavities in plants and trees

Remember that mosquitoes will lay eggs in even the smallest amount of water.

Seal entry points.

Check screens on windows and sliding doors to ensure there are no holes or tears. Mosquitoes can enter through very small openings.

Wear protective clothing.

Choose light-colored or white garments and wear long pants and long sleeves.

Apply insect repellent.

When insect repellents are used as directed on their labels, they are safe for almost everyone. The Environmental Protection Agency advises that products with DEET not be used on infants younger than two months and that a concentration of 30 percent DEET is enough to be effective.

Use repellents on skin and clothing, use your hands to apply the products to your face, and wash treated skin with soap and water at the end of the day. Read more about insect repellents from Consumer Reports.

Call a pest control professional.

Turner Pest Control offers safe and effective mosquito control services at an affordable price throughout the state of Florida. We have annual mosquito treatment plans that are priced according to the size of your property and you can even pause your service during cold winter months.

The mosquitoes that transmit the virus are present in Florida nearly year-round. To help keep your family safe, call Turner Pest Control at 1-800-225-5305 for the most effective professional mosquito control.