Saturday, September 22, 2018
Health

Florida IDs new Miami neighborhood as Zika zone

MIAMI BEACH

Another neighborhood named a Zika zone

Health officials announced Thursday a new Zika zone in Miami, less than a month after declaring the nearby Wynwood neighborhood cleared after aggressive mosquito spraying.

Five people have been infected with Zika in a 1-square-mile area of the city just north of the Little Haiti neighborhood and about 3 miles north of Wynwood, according to a statement released Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott's office.

It is the third Miami-area neighborhood identified where mosquitoes have transmitted the virus to people, after Wynwood and a touristy section of Miami Beach, which is still considered an active zone. Wynwood was declared free of the virus after 45 days without any new infections.

These are the first such areas of transmission confirmed in the continental U.S., following major outbreaks in Latin America of the disease, which can cause major birth defects.

Associated Press

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