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10 new people in Florida likely contracted Zika virus from mosquito bites

Health officials believe area of concentration still limited to Miami's Wynwood


MIAMI – Gov. Rick Scott said Monday that 10 new people likely contracted the Zika virus from mosquito bites.

That brings the total number of people who locally contracted the Zika virus to 14.

Scott previously announced that one woman and three men in Miami-Dade and Broward counties likely contracted the Zika virus through mosquito bites in a small area just north of downtown Miami.

The area of concentration is in Wynwood, between Northwest Fifth Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard to Northwest 38th Street and Northwest 20th Street.

Wynwood resident Cheryl Washington has been following the news, and said she has been staying inside since learning her neighborhood is ground zero for local Zika transmissions.

"It's right here at home. It's right here in the Wynwood area - that is very scary," Washington said.

Washington, who takes care of her grandchildren, said she makes sure they are covered and sprayed with insect repellent when playing outside.

Scott said the Florida Department of Health believes the local transmissions are still only occurring in that same area. He said health officials ruled out two other possible areas.

The Department of Health said in its daily report Monday that more than 200 people in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been tested for the virus because they live or work near the individuals who have already been confirmed with likely mosquito-borne transmissions.

Most people tested did not contract the Zika virus, but there were seven positive cases in the Wynwood area and three probable cases.

Health officials said six who tested positive for the virus were asymptomatic.

The governor is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist state health officials in their investigation, sample collection and mosquito control efforts.

"Their team will consist of public health experts whose role is to augment our response efforts to confirmed local transmissions of the Zika virus," Scott said.

The CDC issued a travel advisory warning pregnant women to stay away from Miami's Wynwood neighborhood because of the Zika virus threat.

More than 2,300 people statewide have been tested for the virus.

 


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