CDC Advisory – Florida

Updated: 9/19/2016

Advice for people living in or traveling to South Florida

On August 1, CDC issued guidance for people who travel to or live in a 1-square-mile area of the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami, FL, identified by the Florida Department of Health as having mosquito-borne spread of Zika. On August 19, CDC also issued guidance for a 1.5-square-mile section of Miami Beach identified to have mosquito-borne spread of Zika; on September 17, this section was expanded to a 4.5-square-mile area.

As of September 19, CDC has updated guidance for the Wynwood-designated area after three mosquito incubation periods passed without any new locally transmitted cases of Zika.

General Guidance

  • Pregnant women and their sex partners who are concerned about potential exposure to Zika may consider postponing nonessential travel to all partsof Miami-Dade County.
  • All pregnant women in the United States should be assessed for possible Zika virus exposure and signs or symptoms of Zika during each prenatal care visit.
  • Women with Zika should wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms start before trying to get pregnant.
  • Men with Zika should wait at least 6 months after symptoms start before couples try to get pregnant.
  • Pregnant women with possible Zika exposure and signs or symptoms of Zika should be tested for Zika.
  • Effective contraception to prevent pregnancy in women and their partners who want to delay or prevent pregnancy is a key prevention strategy for Zika.

Updated guidance for Wynwood area

  • Pregnant women and partners of pregnant women who are worried about potential exposure to Zika may consider postponing nonessential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County, including the Wynwood area.
  • Pregnant women and partners of pregnant women living in or traveling to the area should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Women and men living in or who traveled to the area should be aware that the location was considered to have active Zika virus transmission from June 15 to September 18, 2016. Pregnant women should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider about getting tested for Zika. Partners of pregnant women should consistently and correctly use condoms to prevent passing Zika during sex, or they should not have sex during the pregnancy.
  • Women and men who do not have signs or symptoms of Zika and who traveled to the area from June 15 to September 18 should wait at least 8 weeks before trying to get pregnant.
  • Men who had signs or symptoms of Zika or were diagnosed with Zika and who traveled to the area from June 15 to September 18 should wait at least 6 months before trying to get their partner pregnant.

Guidance for Miami Beach area

The guidance below applies to people who live in or traveled to the identified area of Miami Beach any time after July 14, 2016. This timeframe is based on the earliest time symptoms can start and the maximum 2-week incubation period for Zika virus.

  • Pregnant women should not travel to the Miami Beach area.
  • Pregnant women and partners of pregnant women living in or traveling to this area should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Women and men who live in or traveled to this area and who have a pregnant sex partner should use condoms to prevent infection every time they have sex or not have sex during the pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women who live in or frequently travel to this area should be tested in the first and second trimester of pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women who traveled to or had unprotected sex with a partner that traveled to or lives in this area should talk to their healthcare provider and should be tested for Zika.
  • Women and men who live in or frequently travel to this area should talk to their healthcare provider about plans for pregnancy.
  • Women and men who traveled to this area should wait at least 8 weeks before trying to get pregnant.

Read the full CDC statement: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html