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Zika Virus: US widens travel warning in Florida’s Miami

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Pregnant women told to avoid tourist area as Florida confirms five new cases of virus spread primarily via mosquitoes.US health officials have warned pregnant women to avoid Florida’s Miami Beach area after receiving confirmation that the Zika virus is active in the international tourist destination.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said that pregnant women who are especially worried about exposure to Zika might also consider avoiding all of Miami-Dade County.

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Zika cases jump to 170 in California, sparking travel warnings

Zika cases jump to 170 in California, sparking travel warnings

California health officials on Friday urged travelers returning home from the Olympics as well as countries where Zika is spreading to continue to wear insect repellent and to practice safe sex for several more weeks, to help prevent the spread of the virus in the Golden State.While Zika is spread primarily through the bite of the black-and-white-striped Aedes mosquito, the virus also can be passed through sex, health officials said.They are mostly concerned with people returning home from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, because Brazil has been hit hard by the virus.

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Zika spreads to Miami Beach, U.S. expands travel warning

Zika spreads to Miami Beach, U.S. expands travel warning

Reuters InternationalAug 20, 2016 – 00:59A map is seen of the active Zika zone as U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton visits the Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami, Florida August 9, 2016.REUTERS/Chris Keane (reuters_tickers)By Zachary Fagenson and Julie SteenhuysenMIAMI/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Federal health officials on Friday warned pregnant women not to travel to trendy Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggested that pregnant women who are especially worried about exposure to Zika – which has been shown to cause the severe birth defect known as microcephaly – might consider avoiding all of Miami-Dade County.

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