Wynwood = Zika Free!


Kiayra Arnold

Wynwood is home to over 70 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, eclectic bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations.

Brianna Valdes, Staff Writer

As of Sept. 19, Wynwood is no longer considered a Zika zone. Though the CDC says to remain cautious, Gov. Rick Scott urges residents and visitors to visit the district as it is now struggling from the previous mosquito scare. The aerial spraying in Wynwood significantly reduced populations of mosquitoes that carry Zika. Pregnant woman and their partners are strongly urged to stay away from both Wynwood and Miami Beach and postpone any nonessential traveling.

I feel as if it’s safer and now it’s better to go and eat at the places that I’ve wanted to go to in Wynwood like The Salty Doughnut.

— junior Gabriella Rivera

In order to prevent and avoid contracting the Zika virus there are many effective ways to protect yourself. These ways are:

  1. Picking the right mosquito repellent and applying it correctly.
  2. Repel with your clothes and wear pants and long sleeves.
  3. Prep your home and eliminate any standing water
  4. Exercise indoors.
  5. Travel smart.

“The entire Zika ordeal in Wynwood was dramatic and unnecessary. The planes that were spraying people unknowingly and without their permission is actually shocking because the chemicals that they were spraying are banned in Europe and proven to cause more issues than the Zika virus itself,” senior Kiayra Arnold said.

With the lift of the Zika zone in Wynwood, the Miami Beach zone has nearly tripled to 4.5 square miles.