Different reactions on news of the first Zika transmission in Florida

Some concerned, others won't change routine
Posted at 8:35 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 21:02:58-04

There is growing concern about the Zika virus.

Four Zika cases in south Florida likely came from Florida mosquitoes. Health officials believe all four patients were bit while in an area of Miami-Dade County just north of downtown Miami.

In Palm Beach County, a lot of families who enjoy parks told NewsChannel 5 they worry about Zika.

But people who work outside all day long said today's news won't change how they go about their day.

Shannon Johns has three carefree children. But Zika has her concerned about her fourth; due in January. Experts have linked the mosquito-borne virus to birth defects.

“My doctor was on high alert,” the mother said. “[He told me to] wear bug spray and stay away from mosquitoes if we can at all.”

Her doctor would probably be shaking his head if he knew Johns is outside just two counties away from the first confirmed cases of Zika transmission in the United States.

“It’s not just something you hear about, it's here,” Johns said.

Eric Gordon runs AAA Sod. He spends about five or six hours outside every day.

He said most of the guys on his staff always wear bug spray and take steps to avoid mosquito bites, whether Zika is in the news or not.

“They wear long sleeves to begin with, long sleeves, long pants, big hats, neckerchiefs, so they're basically covered up anyway,” Gordon pointed out.

To be safe, the crew regularly drains standing water where mosquitos breed.

Johns is trying to take a logical approach. She won't let the threat of Zika stop her from enjoying the things her family loves.

“We’ll still be outside and checking things out, but just be more aware,” she explained.

The experts suggest using bug spray with at least 25% Deet. They encourage you to follow Gordon’s lead when it comes to dumping standing water around your home.