The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that a small number of cases of the Zika virus have been diagnosed in one area of the Wynwood neighborhood of northern Miami, Florida, about 4 miles north of our annual meeting hotel, which is located on the south side of downtown Miami. The CDC website says, in part:
The Zika virus is primarily spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Many people who get infected never have symptoms. In people who get sick, symptoms (fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes) are usually mild and resolve completely.
However, Zika can cause serious birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy.
8/19/16 update: Federal health officials advise pregnant women to "consider postponing travel anywhere in Miami-Dade County"; see http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/20/science/5-zika-cases-were-transmitted-in-miami-beach-florida-governor-says.html