August 5 2016. Written by Stephanie Parsons-Freeburger, Maryland Responds State Administrator.
A travel advisory has been issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning pregnant women against visiting the Wynwood area in northern Miami, Florida with ongoing Zika virus transmission. At least 14 people have been infected in the first locally transmitted Zika outbreak in the continental United States. Some countries, including the United Kingdom, have already issued travel warnings for their pregnant citizens about traveling to the affected area in Florida. For more, see the ABC article here: http://goo.gl/I1uay1.
While no cases of local transmission have currently been found in Maryland, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone living in areas with mosquitoes known to transmit Zika virus (including Maryland) take steps to avoid mosquito bites. Everyone, especially women who are pregnant, should use the information below to avoid mosquito bites. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/zika.