MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has cleared the north portion of the area of local transmission in Miami Beach. DOH has not detected any cases of local transmission of the Zika virus in more than 45 days in this area. The newly cleared area, which is about three miles, is between 28th to 63rd streets. The last known person contracted Zika in this area on September 27th. The remaining area of active Zika transmission in Miami Beach is about 1.5 square miles between 8th and 28th streets. The remaining area of active Zika transmission in Little River is about one square mile. The street boundaries are NW 79th St. to the North, NW 63rd St. to the South, NW 10th Ave. to the West and N. Miami Ave. to the East.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that three miles of the impacted area in Miami Beach have now been cleared of any ongoing active transmission of the Zika virus. DOH now believes active transmissions of Zika are only occurring in the southern part of Miami Beach and the Little River area and we must continue to take aggressive mosquito control measures so we can soon lift these remaining areas. DOH has made resources available to Miami-Dade County to increase mosquito abatement efforts, including aerial spraying. All of these resources should be taken into consideration by local officials and it is crucial that every decision is based on what will best protect our residents and visitors, and most importantly, pregnant women.

“We have committed every available resource, including more than $61 million in state funding to beat this virus. We waited nearly eight months for the federal government to fund the fight against Zika. While Congress passed and the president signed funding in September, we have waited nearly two months for the federal government to send only $7 million to help reimburse Florida’s costs. This is typical of Washington- they drag their feet, even when it comes to funding a public health emergency. While DOH continues to work through the bureaucratic and highly complex approval process for federal funding, I continue to request the federal government to expedite more funding to our state since Florida is the only state in the country with active transmission of the Zika virus. We are on the frontlines of this fight and we are requesting every dollar to be immediately made available to Florida. Although today’s announcement is great news, we must all remain vigilant and keep doing our part to wear bug spray and dump standing water.”

Click HERE to see a detailed timeline of actions taken by Governor Scott to combat the Zika virus in Florida.


  • The CDC to work directly with the Miami-Dade Mosquito Control District to identify best practices for defeating Zika in the latest area where there is local transmission of Zika because we know every area is different;
  • The CDC to match Florida’s $25 million investment to help develop a vaccine and other Zika research;
  • The CDC to work with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach to develop a plan on how to better control the mosquitoes that carry Zika;
  • An additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits; and
  • A detailed plan from the Obama Administration on how they would like Florida to work with FEMA now that Zika has become mosquito-borne.




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