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Florida lifts Zika transmission zone in parts of Miami Beach

TAMPA, Florida. Florida officials removed part of Miami Beach from an active Zika transmission zone on Tuesday, saying: more than 45 days had elapsed since the last case of the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to microcephaly, a rare congenital anomaly.

Popular areas in the southern part of the coast as a tourist destination, but remain in a certain zone of the active Zika transmission.

The area of active transmission in Miami Beach is now approximately 1.5 square miles (2.4 km). The recently cleared area covers approximately three square miles, the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott said in a statement.

State officials believe Zika still be sent in another small section of Miami-Dade County, in addition to the remaining portion of Miami Beach. Mosquitoes began the spread of the virus this summer in Florida, where the local Zika transfer to the United States.

“Until we have a vaccine, this is going to be something we are going to deal with,” Scott said at a press conference in Miami Beach.

“We’re going to be active, and we have learned a lot,” he added.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Nov. 16 there were 4,255 cases of Zika have been reported in the continental United States and Hawaii. Of the total reported Zika cases, 35 are believed to be through sexual transmission and a case of lab exposure.

Florida on Tuesday separately said that it has seen 1,201 cases of Zika, and 236 of them were locally acquired infections, according to the ministry of health.

The CDC also updated its travel guidance for the Miami area, urges continued caution. It has been suggested that pregnant women consider delaying travel anywhere in Miami-Dade County, but it expressly refers pregnant women to avoid travel to areas within the province that have been designated as Zika transmission zones.

Zika infections in pregnant women have shown that microcephaly – a severe birth defect in which the head and brain of babies are undersized and underdeveloped – as well as other abnormalities in the brain.

A report Tuesday brings new concerns about the hidden effects of prenatal exposure to Zika, in which a number of babies in Brazil gradually developed microcephaly in the months after the birth.

The developments come after the World Health Organization declared the global Zika emergency is over on Friday, because the link between Zika and microcephaly is confirmed. THAT is going to continue to study Zika as a serious infectious disease that requires years of research.

The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last year in Brazil, which has now confirmed that more than 2,100 cases of microcephaly.

In adults, Zika infections are also linked to a rare neurological syndrome known as Guillain-Barré, als and other neurological disorders.

 

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