The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is closely monitoring developments regarding the Zika virus. While we are located 30 miles north of the current travel advisory region, we continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

The following is helpful information and resources to clarify any misconceptions about Zika virus and help visitors make informed decisions about travel plans to Broward County.

Key factors to note regarding the Zika virus:

  • There are currently no locally acquired cases and no areas of active transmission or investigation of Zika virus in Broward County.
  • There are no travel advisories for visiting Broward County and there no longer are any identified areas with active Zika transmission.
  • The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquito, which carry the Zika virus, have a very short flight distance, typically 150 yards, during its short lifecycle.
  • Broward County’s Department of Public Works/Mosquito Control Section continues to be vigilant with mosquito control measures, coordinating aggressive preventative efforts, including Deploying VectoBac WDG mosquito larvicide, an organic product not harmful to humans, pets, bees, acquatic areas, or environmentally sensitive areas. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM65-52), a naturally occurring, biodegradable biological to areas of standing water

What is being done to stop the spread of the Zika Virus to Broward County?

  • Broward has been tracking Zika since it first appeared in South America two years ago in order to be prepared if it breached our shores. The County Commission has committed whatever resources are needed, including increased funding for mosquito mitigation efforts.
  • The Broward County Department of Public Works / Mosquito Control Section has responded rapidly with mosquito control measures, coordinating aggressive preventative efforts to protect it's residents and visitors while considering their health and welfare, including:
    • Deploying VectoBac WDG mosquito larvicide, an organic product not harmful to humans, pets, bees, acquatic areas, or environmentally sensitive areas. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM65-52), a naturally occurring, biodegradable biological to areas of standing water
    • Allocating an additional $300,000 in funding toward aerial and ground mosquito control initiatives
    • Conducting door-to-door backpack spraying
    • Draining standing water where possible
    • Eliminating mosquito habitats and setting up mosquito traps
    • Sampling adult mosquitoes to gauge effectiveness of the above-mentioned treatment 
    • Broward has successfully combated other mosquito-borne viruses (such as Chickunguna) carried by the type of mosquito that can transmit the Zika virus in the past
    • Broward County has mosquito control staff experts and registered nurse on staff to address any questions relating to Zika
  • Deploying turbine engine trucks, a new tool as part of the overall aggressive and preventative strategy in the fight against the Zika virus. The advantage of spraying using the turbine engine is the ability to have larvicide reach into the backyards of our residents from the street, including areas with heavy tree canopies. In addition, spraying efforts with turbine engine is less affected by weather conditions compared to aerial larviciding. Broward County is the second location in the U.S. to use the turbine engine for larviciding and the larvicide product used in the turbine engine is the same organic and biodegradable product that we use for our aerial larviciding (VectoBac WDG - active ingredient is Bti).
  • The Florida Department of Health – Broward County has been educating residents and business owners how to prevent mosquito breeding sites.
     

What is the travel advice for visiting Broward County?

  • There are no travel advisories for visiting Broward County and there no longer are any identified areas with active Zika transmission.
  • Residents and visitors are encouraged to use recommended insect repellents on exposed skin and to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants while outdoors, particularly during dawn and dusk hours.
     

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