Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida provides medically accurate and unbiased information about the Zika virus. Read this page for information about the Zika virus, how it is transmitted, and how you can protect yourself.
What is Zika?
Zika is a virus which can be spread by mosquitoes and from someone who has it during anal, oral, or vaginal sex, or while sharing sex toys. Zika may be spread from pregnant person to fetus and can cause serious problems in pregnancy.
Zika in Florida
There are currently no areas of ongoing, active transmission of Zika by mosquitoes in Florida. In 2017, 81 travel-related Zika cases have been reported in Florida including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. These are cases of people who acquired Zika outside of Florida but were diagnosed in Florida.
All previous Zika zones in the following areas of Miami-Dade County: Wynwood, Little River, south Miami Beach and north Miami Beach were lifted in 2016.
The Florida Department of Health advises residents and visitors to Miami-Dade County to remain vigilant about mosquito bite protection by draining all sources of standing water to keep mosquitoes from breeding and by wearing bug repellent.
The Zika virus has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico and Florida.
What Resources are Available?
Zika kits are available at our Kendall health center in Miami for pregnant patients carrying to term/undecided and/or trying to get pregnant.
Zika information sheets are available at all Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida health centers.
If you are pregnant and would like to be tested, contact your local health department for more information.