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Tourist-friendly South Beach area of Florida linked to Zika cases

Tourist-friendly South Beach area of Florida linked to Zika cases

But it will be more hard to contain the Zika outbreak in Miami Beach due to its high-rise buildings and aversion to long trousers and sleeves.

Scott says two of the Miami Beach cases involved Miami-Dade County residents, and three involved tourists from New York, Texas and Taiwan. One person from Texas, one from NY and another from Taiwan have returned home after being infected while in Miami Beach.

The total number of local transmissions of Zika in Florida is 36.

And the health department also said Thursday that the only place in Florida with active spread of the disease was a one-square-mile zone in Wynwood.

The new transmissions come as Miami-Dade continues to battle Zika in the Wynwood arts neighborhood of Miami, the site of the first locally transmitted cases of Zika in the continental United States.

Pregnant women and their partners living in the area or that have to travel through it should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.

The CDC advises pregnant women not to travel to an area where active Zika transmission is ongoing, and to use insect repellent and wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts if they are in those areas. The area has a constant stream of visitors, many of them global, who could carry the virus elsewhere should they get infected. A Zika infection, which can also be sexually transmitted, can be confirmed by a blood or urine test. And the city's South Beach is a beach, after all, notorious for skimpy bikinis and a general lack of clothing at all hours.

"In Florida, we know how to prepare", said Scott.

The Zika virus has made its way to the Miami Beach area, heightening fears over the spread of the virus in the Sunshine State.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the Health Department spokeswoman, not the governor, said officials believe mosquitoes transmitted the Zika.

"We're going to provide timely accurate info for public health". At least 63 pregnant women in Florida have contracted the disease, which can cause severe birth defects.

Zika has also been linked to a disorder known as Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can lead to nervous system problems such as weakness and paralysis.

Zika may pose a danger for far many more of us than pregnant women and babies, a new study suggests.

"Pregnant women and couples planning to have children need to be especially cautious because Zika can cause significant harm to a developing fetus", Smith said.

President Barack Obama in February requested $1.9 billion to fight Zika but Congressional efforts to approve part of the funding deadlocked before lawmakers adjourned for the summer. The administration recently announced plans to reallocate $81 million from other programs at the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere.

In a statement emailed late Thursday, City Manager Jimmy Morales said Florida's Department of Health is investigating Zika cases in Miami Beach, but none have been confirmed.

Pregnant women should not travel to this area.

The Friday bulletin was released as Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed five people have been infected with the virus in an area that encompasses most of bustling South Beach. Florida is so far the only state in the mainland U.S. where that has been reported. The governor's office said it would make sure every resource possible would be made available to ensure Miami, and the entire state, remains safe for every family and visitor.

"I want to assure everyone that if we I.D. additional areas of local transmission we will tell the local public immediately", Philip told reporters today. Each evaluation should include an assessment of signs and symptoms of Zika virus disease (acute onset of fever, rash, arthralgia, conjunctivitis); their travel history; as well as their sexual partner's potential exposure to Zika virus and history of any illness consistent with Zika virus disease to determine whether Zika virus testing is indicated.

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