Zika-Related Advisory Cautions Against Visiting Miami Neighborhood

Cases now total 14; Florida governor calls for emergency response 

By Dana Wilkie Aug 1, 2016
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​The CDC travel advisory applies to a section of Miami Beach and to the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami. The latter is north of Downtown Miami and Overtown, and adjacent to Edgewater. The one-square-mile area is in the northeastern part of the 55-square-mile city.

Pregnant women should avoid traveling to a section of Miami Beach in Miami, Fla., that's been identified as the second area in the state where mosquitos are spreading the Zika virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced.

In addition, pregnant women and their sexual partners who worry about exposure to the Zika virus, which can cause microcephaly and other birth defects, may consider postponing nonessential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County, the agency said in a news release.

Earlier this month, the CDC issued a travel advisory cautioning women who are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant to avoid travel to Wynwood, a 1-square-mile neighborhood just north of downtown Miami that is experiencing local Zika transmission. The city of Miami covers 55 square miles. 

(See The Zika Virus: What Employers Should Not Do, for advice on business travel to areas experiencing cases of Zika.) 

The disease primarily is transmitted by mosquitoes, but in rare cases, it has been reported to be transmitted through blood transfusions and sexual contact. 

(See Summer, Mosquitoes—and the Zika Virus for tips on how employers can protect workers—especially those whose jobs are outdoors—from the virus.)

Florida is the first state to report local transmission of the virus, which causes birth defects including microcephaly.

The neighborhood appears to be mostly residential, although it includes an elementary school and The Shops at Midtown Miami, according to a map provided by the CDC.

The area is also close to the design district, which is noted for fine art, art schools, studios and high-end retailers.

The spread of the Zika virus led the CDC earlier this year to warn pregnant women, women planning to get pregnant, and men with partners who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant against travel to about two dozen countries with active Zika virus transmission.

The CDC reports that as of July 21, 433 pregnant women in the U.S. have shown lab evidence of Zika virus infection. In U.S. territories, 422 women have. 

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