No new local Zika transmissions in Florida, governor says

MIAMI — Four months after Zika roiled Miami-Dade County and put the rest of Florida on alert, Governor Rick Scott announced Friday that mosquitoes were no longer actively transmitting the virus in South Florida.

Shortly after the announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted its strictest advisory urging pregnant women not to travel to the heart of South Beach, a popular tourism destination. Instead it suggested caution.

“Our state has no more local transmission of Zika,” Scott said at a news conference outside a South Beach hotel.


The federal health warning for South Beach was one of four issued for neighborhoods in Miami and Miami Beach, beginning Aug. 1 in Wynwood, which reported the first case of active Zika in the continental United States.

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Federal health officials can remove a travel advisory after an area goes 45 days without two or more reported cases of locally acquired Zika.

The lifting of the advisory came as the state swings into peak tourism season.

It offers a respite from a crisis that walloped two of the county’s most popular destinations — Miami Beach and Wynwood, a gentrifying area of galleries and hipster hangouts.

New York Times