Zika Spreads to Miami Beach, U.S. Expands Travel Warning
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.The new warnings represent a challenge to Florida’s multibillion dollar tourism industry, with Miami Beach accounting for nearly half of visitor stays in the Greater Miami area.
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Zika Virus Travel Caution Extends to All of Miami-Dade County
MIAMI—Federal health officials advised pregnant women and their partners on Friday to consider putting off travel to any part of Miami-Dade County after the state confirmed a second area of mosquito-borne Zika transmission covering some of the most alluring tourist areas of Miami Beach.Pregnant women should avoid that area altogether, in addition to another zone of Zika transmission around the Wynwood arts district in Miami that…
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CDC Issues Travel Warning After 5 Infected in New Florida Zika Transmission
A new cluster of five Zika infections around Miami Beach has led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a warning for pregnant women to avoid the area of transmission.In addition to the travel advisory that warns pregnant women to stay away from the part of Miami Beach where Zika transmission is ongoing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised pregnant women and their partners to consider avoiding nonessential travel to all of Miami-Dade County if they are concerned about the Virus.CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters today they wanted to err on the side of caution.
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