Statement from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez regarding locations of mosquito traps
Miami-Dade County is very surprised by the statement released by the Florida Department of Health Friday afternoon. During multiple meetings, phone calls and conversations, officials from the Florida Department of Health explicitly stated to County officials that information identifying the addresses of traps containing mosquitoes positive for the Zika virus is confidential during active, ongoing epidemiological investigations. To protect the privacy of the residents living in areas where Zika-positive mosquito traps were found, the Florida Department of Health, on several occasions, instructed Miami-Dade County to maintain the confidentiality of the trap locations.
We take the health and safety of our residents and visitors very seriously, and are committed to absolute transparency in communicating information related to public health. It is disturbing that the Florida Department of Health is denying previous directives to maintain confidentiality of the trap locations. At the end of the day, this is about the health and safety of our community, and we have been carrying out the express orders of the Florida Department of Health as it relates to disclosure of mosquito-trap information.