Florida's rainy season typically yields more mosquito activity, and visitor safety is our first priority. When planning your trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, be sure to check this page regularly for the latest information regarding the Zika virus.
- The Florida Department of Health confirms that there are no cases of locally-acquired Zika in Lee County, and there are no identified Zika zones in Florida at this time.
- Fewer travel-related Zika incidences have been reported compared to this time last year.
- It's essential that everyone is educated and takes necessary precautions against Zika.
The Florida Department of Health requests that all consumer questions be directed to the state Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735.
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel will continue to monitor updates related to the Zika virus with local, state and federal agencies.
To prevent mosquito bites while traveling, the CDC recommends the following:
- Use insect repellent. Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered repellent with one of the following active ingredients: DEET; Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel and icaridin); oil of lemon eucalyptus; IR3535. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- Cover up. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Eliminate pools of standing water.
- Keep mosquitoes outside. Use screens on windows and doors. If you are not able to fully protect yourself with windows and doors, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
To further prevent mosquito bites, please follow these tips from the Florida Department of Health.