Public health officials are preparing for what seems to many like the inevitable: the first locally transmitted case of Zika, a mosquito borne virus that has spread rapidly across Latin America and the Caribbean.
The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an "extraordinary event" that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world.
Doctors from Jackson Health and the University of Miami Health System plus the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade reiterated that despite the seemingly rapid spread of Zika, there are only a handful of cases across Florida and protection from the mosquito-borne illness is as simple as wearing long sleeves, pants and insect repellent. Video by Jose A. Iglesias / El Nuevo Herald staff
Florida's warm climate, year-round mosquitoes and revolving door of international travelers make it vulnerable to the Zika virus, but local governments here have a history of fighting off outbreaks before they become widespread.