CDC Lifts Zika Virus Travel Warning for Miami's Wynwood Neighborhood
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On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lifted its travel warning for the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami after Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statement that the area has gone more than six weeks without a new local case of the Zika virus.
According to The Associated Press, Gov. Scott is calling on travelers and locals to visit the struggling Miami entertainment district following the CDC’s decision to lift the federal and state travel warnings in the region.
BREAKING: U.S. health officials fighting Zika end strong warning to pregnant women to avoid Miami's Wynwood arts district.— The Associated Press (@AP) September 19, 2016
The original travel warnings were issued following the confirmation that Miami was the first city in the United States to have a case of the Zika virus transmitted locally by mosquitoes. The warning pertained to the Wynwood are of the city and recommended that pregnant women and their partners avoid entering Miami, according to the CDC’s official website.
After 45 days without a recorded case of Zika transmission, the CDC lifted its travel warning for Wynwood. While it’s a step in the right direction, health officials are still advising visitors and locals to avoid mosquito bites in Miami-Dade County.
The Zika virus has not been eliminated throughout South Florida, though, as cases have been confirmed in the region in people returned from overseas trips. To combat the mosquito-borne virus, officials are using aerial pesticide and door-to-door checks for standing water.
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