Helpful Travel Information
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The official destination marketing corporation for Palm Beach County
This summer, Discover The Palm Beaches invites travelers to press pause, turn down stress levels and rediscover what’s most important during a tropical summer getaway to The Palm Beaches. However, if recent headlines have left you with questions about Zika or blue-green algae, we understand; which is why we’ve compiled useful information and links to help you make the most educated travel plans to America’s First Resort Destination®.
Mosquito-Borne Disease Information
As the official destination marketing corporation for Palm Beach County, Discover The Palm Beaches’ utmost priority is the safety and comfort of our visitors. In an overabundance of caution, we understand and respect the concerns of those visiting the destination; however, with no confirmed cases of Zika transmitted within Palm Beach County nor travel advisories issued for Palm Beach County, we feel confident that the county’s preventative measures will continue to protect the public.
Florida's small case cluster is not considered widespread transmission. At this time, the Florida Department of Health still believes ongoing transmission is only taking place within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County. This is less than three square miles in a state that covers more than 65,000 square miles. Of the approximately 80 species of mosquitos that exist in Florida, the only two types of mosquitos that have the ability to carry Zika are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Both have a very short flight distance – they're known to travel about 150 yards (maximum of 500 yards) in their short lifetime. To put that into the perspective in miles above, these mosquitos have the ability to travel .09 of a mile (maximum about .28 of a mile). Wynwood and Miami Beach are approximately 40 – 50 miles from the southernmost border of Palm Beach County.
The Florida Department of Health has a robust mosquito-borne illness surveillance system, and the department is working with the CDC, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and local county mosquito control boards to ensure that the proper precautions are being taken to protect Florida residents and visitors. There are excellent protocols in place with a proven track record of successfully controlling situations like these in the state, including the travel-related Dengue and Chikungunya cases the state has experienced in the past few years.
As the situation continues to evolve, we recommend those individuals with concerns consult the official source at FloridaHealth.gov and the Center for Disease Control information page (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/) for the most up to date information.
For more information about Zika, or to learn how to prevent mosquito bites, please refer to the following trusted resources:
- Florida Zika Virus Information Hotline – 855-622-6735
- CDC Zika Virus information
- Florida Department of Health Mosquito-Borne Diseases information
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Mosquito Control information
- U.S. Travel Association Zika Virus information
- The CDC has put out guidance related to the sexual transmission of the Zika virus. This includes the CDC recommendation that if you have traveled to a country with local transmission of Zika you should abstain from unprotected sex.
- VISIT FLORIDA Mosquito-Borne Disease information