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Zika has officially spread to Miami Beach

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Zika has now spread beyond what was previously the only neighborhood with local transmission in the continental US, Florida Gov. Rick Scottconfirmed Friday.

In addition to the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami, a 1.5 square-mile area of Miami Beach is also experiencing mosquito-transmitted Zika. The Miami Herald first reported the news of the local transmission Thursday citing sources familiar with Florida health officials’ discussion.

In total, there are 36 cases of local transmission in Florida, five of those tracing back to the area in Miami Beach.

“Today, the Florida Department of Health has confirmed a second location in Miami-Dade County where it is believed active Zika transmission is occurring,” Scott said in a statement. “This location is a very small area that is less than 1.5 square miles in Miami Beach. While we are adding a second location, [the Department of Health] is also able to continue reducing the zone in Wynwood.” – READ MORE

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