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Published on : Saturday, August 20, 2016
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Friday that, health officials have identified the popular tourist destination of South Beach as the second place of Zika transmission on the United States mainland.
This immediately prompted a new travel advisory by federal officials.
This area covers about 1.5 square miles between 8th and 28th streets and between the beach and Intracoastal Waterway — a stretch that encompasses the vibrant, densely packed South Beach tourist district.
Health officials said at least five people have been infected with Zika in this area, including two who live in Miami Beach.
As a result of the findings and the travel warnings, officials in Miami-Dade County have ordered a massive mosquito eradication plan to prevent the virus from spreading any further.
CDC director Tom Frieden told the media that, Miami Beach presents a difficult situation for health officials trying to halt the Zika outbreak. The area has a constant stream of visitors, many of them international, who could carry the virus elsewhere should they get infected.
Scott said Miami-Dade County already had begun an intensified mosquito control campaign in Miami Beach. He sought to reassure state residents and especially the tourism industry that his administration was doing everything possible to combat more spread of the virus. He said the state would be requesting more resources from the CDC, including additional Zika testing kits.