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Published: Sun, August 28, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Miami Beach official: No confirmation of Zika spreading


South Beach has been identified as a second site of Zika transmission by mosquitoes on the US mainland, Florida officials said Friday.

Late Thursday afternoon health authorities were working to finalize the area that would be covered by a new travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today I have directed DBPR to work closely with hotels, attractions and restaurants in Miami-Dade County to connect them with resources for Zika prevention and education.

Previously, Texas has reported more than 100 cases of Zika associated with travel to areas with the active transmission.

The CDC also said pregnant women and their partners may want to consider postponing nonessential travel to all of Miami-Dade County if they're concerned about potential exposure to the virus. Unfortunately, foreign travel is no longer the case in transmission of the virus.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says officials have identified a second area of Zika transmission on the USA mainland.

Florida is the first USA state to report locally transmitted Zika cases.

"We don't know the exact link, one could be a tourist, one could be someone who may have worked on Miami Beach", Levine told reporters. The number of cases in Miami Beach has not been confirmed. New locally acquired cases of Zika illustrate just how rapidly the mosquitoes carrying the virus are spreading.

The new cases are not thought to be linked to those who have travelled into the United States - meaning the disease is likely being spread within the country, prompting officials in Miami to consider issuing advice to expectant mothers not to travel there.

The publication confirmed that around 35 people have been infected with Zika who were connected with Wynwood, a neighborhood in downtown Miami.

Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales said in an email Thursday that he had been informed the two cases were in Miami Beach.

Governor Rick Scott returns to Miami on Friday to get an update on the current Zika virus status.

Florida health officials reportedly have found evidence of local Zika virus transmission in Miami Beach, a popular tourist haven that saw 15.4 million holiday revelers flock to its beaches in 2015 alone.

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