The safety and well-being of the 2.7 million residents and 15.5 million visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches is a top priority for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and all our community and travel and tourism partners. As such, the GMCVB is in close contact with the Florida Department of Health and Miami-Dade County to communicate updates and recommendations to our residents, employees and visitors concerning mosquito borne illnesses.
Updated Travel Advisory
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women traveling to a neighborhood within Miami Beach, from 8th to 28th Streets.
This neighborhood represents 1 square mile of Greater Miami’s total of 2,400 square miles.
On December 2, 2016, Governor Rick Scott announced that the CDC has lifted the travel advisory for the Little River neighborhood in the City of Miami. This announcement came on the heels of the November 22nd news stating that 35 blocks of Miami Beach were cleared of active transmission and therefore no longer under travel advisory of the CDC. The Wynwood zone also remains clear since the CDC announcement on September 19th, at which time Governor Scott declared that there is no longer evidence of active Zika transmission in the entire Wynwood area.
As a result, potential visitors are encouraged to consider Wynwood, North Miami Beach and Little River in the City of Miami as part of their travel plans. To learn more about all of the neighborhoods in Greater Miami and the Beaches, visit: http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/places-to-see.
What You Need to Know
Miami-Dade County's mosquito-control team is continually testing mosquitos for Zika and taking measures to spray the affected areas. For complete details on the CDC’s advisory, visit: www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html.
The GMCVB encourages visitors to exercise mosquito safety measures which include utilizing mosquito repellant as well as covering exposed areas of the skin while mosquitos are active which is typically in the dusk and dawn hours. For more information on how to prevent mosquito bites, visit Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control website: www.miamidade.gov/solidwaste/mosquito-control.asp.
The Florida Department of Health has requested that all consumer questions continue to be directed to the state Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735. For additional information from the Florida Department of Health, visit: www.floridahealth.gov.
Miami-Dade County has a proven track-record of successfully controlling mosquito borne illnesses and is utilizing the most sophisticated mosquito control techniques to control the spread of Zika. Spraying in Wynwood has been completed and already commenced in Miami Beach.
The GMCVB is in close coordination with City, County, State and Federal agencies to communicate the status of the Zika virus, and efforts to minimize the impact on our visitors.
We look forward to welcoming you to our community. For a real-time look at conditions and activity in Miami and The Beaches, please visit our live webcams at SeeMiamiLive.com.