Orlando, FL – Zika Virus: Mayor Says Visitors Shouldn’t Hesitate To Come To Florida


    John Wetjen, senior crew leader with Hillsborough County mosquito control sprays against mosquitos in Hillsborough County, Florida, February 2, 2016.  ReutersOrlando, Fl – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says potential visitors to Florida shouldn’t think twice about coming to the Sunshine State.

    Jacob’s jurisdiction covers the Orlando area’s major theme parks in the Orlando area, and she spoke to reporters Friday after Gov. Rick Scott announced that South Florida has the first four cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in the U.S. mainland.

    There have been no mosquito-transmitted cases in central Florida yet. But Orlando was the country’s most visited metro area last year with 66 million tourists, and tourism is Florida’s biggest industry.

    Jacobs says Florida’s theme parks have some of the best mosquito control measures in place that she knows of and that the parks are safe.

    But she encourages visitors to take precautions such as wearing bug spray and getting rid of any standing water they may have.

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