The good news for Wynwood is that the warning – and the stigma surrounding it – could go away in a relatively short period of time. According to the Washington Post, this could be “when the Miami environment is no longer conducive for mosquito activity, when evidence shows that the risk of transmission has been sufficiently reduced, or when no new local-transmission cases have been identified for 45 days, which equals three mosquito incubation periods.”
The city of Miami has reacted quickly to the Zika threat, spraying the area with insecticides designed to kill mosquitoes, but as residents we should remain proactive and vigilant about mosquito protection. For instance, standing water is a mosquito breeding ground, so if you find any in a pot, in a non-running fountain, or just in the form of a big puddle, be sure to get rid of it. Spray insecticides at your own home (a Mosquitonix system is effective – and great for the re-sale of your house). Ransom Everglades, my children’s school, recommends that they wear long sleeve shirts and pants instead of shorts to their first weeks of class (which is no fun in this hot, sticky August!). You should also carry and use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellant that contains DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535, which, according to EPA, are safe and effective. Try to stay indoors as much as possible: this is hard for me as a runner!
If we are all vigilant, then hopefully the Zika threat will be gone from Miami soon. Until then, be proactive and guard yourselves against mosquitoes. The next time I see you I can guarantee that I will smell like bug spray. I hope that you do too!
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