Miami – Four new cases of Zika have been diagnosed this morning in South Florida’s Miami-Dade county, home of the infamous Wynwood neighborhood which has been declared the epicenter of Zika in the United States. This brings the total domestic Zika transmission cases to 21. The CDC continues to advise against travel in Wynwood.
Governor Scott said via WSVN, “Today, we have learned that there are four new individuals that have local transmissions of Zika in our state, likely through a mosquito bite. All four of these cases are located in the same, small area of Wynwood that is less than one square mile.”
But this is where things get murky.
The CDC claims to know the exact transmission zones, which have been narrowed down to two local businesses, but refuses to disseminate this information to residents.
7News learned that the transmission zone, according to the CDC, was narrowed to include two area businesses in the 500 square foot Zika zone in Wynwood, but it’s a topic not many people want to talk about or identify which businesses are in question.
While this is possibly justified by protecting local businesses, it would seem the small “transmission zone” being narrowed to a specific neighborhood in the first place, is, well, hurting local businesses. As we’ve reported in earlier articles, local businesses have lost revenue. Why would the CDC start protecting businesses now? Wouldn’t it best serve the community to retain all of the pertinent information? It wasn’t the citizens who made the original Zika splash, it was the CDC and the media, who now seems to report dangers only if convenient.
The second oddity is that they have yet to prove that mosquitoes have caused the Zika transmissions. As originally reported, Zika carrying mosquitoes were deemed “resistant” to insecticides. But suddenly, 96% of them are gone via spraying?
Via WSVN: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said there are 96 percent less mosquitoes in the Wynwood area since they began to spray from the ground and air. Officials sprayed by air once more on Wednesday morning.
“I think it’s definitely more to reassure people more than anything else,” said Wynwood visitor Neil Vazquez.
The confusion likely stems from the CDC’s attempt to reassure the public that Zika is this terrible illness on the precipice of human destruction. The Olympic Zika mayhem failed to deliver, so now the focus is largely on Florida, where the CDC seems to be changing the details to fit the fear-mongering narrative.