The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lifted the Zika-related travel advisory for 35 of the 57 streets in Miami Beach. Accordingly, the Florida Department of Health has removed the three-square-mile portion of Miami Beach that runs from 28th street to 63rd street from the active-transmission zone. That vicinity was added to the zone on Sept. 16. The 1.5 square miles of Miami Beach that encompass 8th to 28th street remain an active Zika-transmission zone. That area, which was designated active on Aug. 19, encompasses the majority of South Beach, including the Miami Beach Convention Center. View the full CDC statement here.
"The announcement by Florida Gov. Rick Scott that the Centers for Disease Control has lifted the Zika-related travel advisory for 35 of the existing 57 streets in Miami Beach is an indication that the program set forth by our government partners is working, and Greater Miami is ready to be a model destination in dealing with Zika and any other mosquito-borne illness," said William D. Talbert III, CDME, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. He added that Miami and the Beaches has welcomed a record number of overnight visitors in the first time nine months of this year - nearly 12 million people -- and "the safety and health of our residents and visitors continues to be our top priority."
In other Zika-related news, the GMCVB and the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association have announced they are developing a pledge that will incorporate the industry's commitment to fighting mosquito-borne illnesses, and are outlining a series of mitigation efforts, to be completed in "the near future," according to the GMCVB.