Could Zika pose a problem for Florida's tourism industry?

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08 August, 2016

Some residents of the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami say they plan to stop eating outside now that four people likely contracted the Zika virus from mosquito bites in South Florida.

Florida health officials are investigating two more mysterious cases of Zika infection that do not appear to be related to travel, bringing the total to four. But since there is no cure for Zika or the serious birth defects it causes, precautions like the use of bug repellent is recommended, especially for women who are planning to have a child. "At present, only a zone of about 1 square mile in Miami-Dade County is considered at risk of active transmission".

It's not unusual that no mosquitoes have tested positive for Zika, said C. Roxanne Connelly, a medical entomology specialist at the University of Florida and a past president of the American Mosquito Control Association. "Zika outbreaks have been reported in the Pacific region, and the virus has now spread to South and Central America and the Caribbean".

CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the agency is always ready to assist states for with Zika, including Florida. "Mosquitoes". The virus has been transmitted through local mosquitoes in Florida.

Microcephaly is a condition that causes an infant to have an underdeveloped brain and a small head.

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Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading Zika in U.S.

. There is now no vaccine for Zika.

The Town of Palm Beach will host a community forum on the Zika virus at 10 a.m. Wednesday in council chambers at Town Hall. These cases are believed to have caught the virus locally through mosquito bites.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio said the news is disturbing. But other methods of Zika transmission, such as travel to a stricken country or sex with an infected person, have been ruled out.

The mosquitoes have a short travel range, and Florida officials are describing the infections as a "small case cluster" that do not indicate widespread transmission, the Times reported.

She says Florida's theme parks have some of the best mosquito control measures in place that she knows of and that the parks are safe. Women who are traveling to Florida should also avoid getting pregnant while on the trip or for eight weeks after returning, Public Health England said. Fifty-five pregnant women have been affected. The disease produces mild symptoms for most, such as headache, feverishness and red eyes, and 80 per cent of healthy people who become infected suffer no symptoms.


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