Oct 13 Florida officials on Thursday announced a
new area of Zika transmission in the Miami and has called on
federal government for funding to help fight the outbreak.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said state health officials have
confirmed that local transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika
virus is occurring in a new small area in Miami-Dade County,
where the state believes five individuals have been infected by
The governor said the state's health department believes
Zika transmission is only occurring in Miami-Beach and in the
new area, which covers about 1 square mile (2.6 square km).
Zika is primarily a concern for pregnant women and their
partners because the virus has been liked with a series of birth
defects including microcephaly, marked by small head size and
underdeveloped brains that can lead to severe developmental
problems in babies.
Last month, U.S. health officials urged pregnant women to
consider putting off all nonessential travel to Miami due to the
Zika virus even as the state lifted a travel warning for the
Wynwood, the Miami neighborhood which was the first site of
local Zika transmission in the continental United States.
Florida has reported a total of 164 cases of Zika caused by
local mosquito transmission, including 19 people who were
infected in the state but live elsewhere. There are also five
cases in which it was not clear whether transmission occurred in
Florida or elsewhere.
(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago; Editing by Lisa