At Least 16 People Infected by Mosquitoes in Miami Neighborhood: Zika Outbreak Worries Florida’s Tourism Industry

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The number of Zika cases in the United States topped 1,800 this week, mostly from travel to foreign countries. In a Miami neighborhood, health officials say local mosquitoes have now infected at least 16 people with the virus. Pregnant women have been advised to stay clear of the so-called Zika zone. Marlie Hall has the latest.

Florida’s travel industry raked in $89 Billion in 2015, but a travel advisory issued August 1, 2016 warns pregnant women not to travel in the Wynwood area of Miami. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has assured people that Florida is a safe state. Scott said over 20,000 mosquitoes were tested in Florida and not one mosquito was found with Zika.

Genetically modified mosquitoes involve mutant males that pass on a deadly gene to female mosquitoes, which kills offspring. A first-time trial could take place in the Florida Keys if residents in the area approved the testing. A vaccine is also said to be reachable.

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden explains aerial spraying; and pregnant Miami residents are taking extra precautions days after the CDC warned people not to travel to the small Wynwood neighborhood in Miami where Zika was found.

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