The Zika virus has struck the mainland United States and resulted in an outbreak in Miami that has authorities scrambling.
Children are going back to school in Miami-Dade county in Florida, even as fears of a Zika outbreak in the area reach panic levels. The Zika outbreak struck the Wynwood neighborhood and then South Beach, causing authorities to scramble to contain the virus that has swept through South and Central America.
Local residents are trying to avoid having the outbreak affect their everyday lives, and kids are returning to school as officials try to figure out how best to deal with the outbreak. Fortunately, the virus isn’t any more dangerous for kids than adults, and for most people who get it the symptoms are mild. Pregnant women have the most to lose from getting the virus, as it has been shown to result in birth defects and worse in fetuses.
If you live in an area that you are concerned is at risk to the Zika virus, take steps to protect yourself and your children. To do that, simply take measures you would normally take to avoid mosquito bites: wear bug spray, wear long clothing, get rid of stagnant water where mosquitoes lay eggs, and install screens to prevent bugs from getting into your house.
“The Florida Department of Health has identified two areas of Miami-Dade County where Zika is being spread by mosquitoes,” the CDC said in a statement. “In addition to the previously identified area in the Wynwood neighborhood, there is now mosquito-borne spread of Zika virus in a section of Miami Beach.”