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CDC Warns Against Miami Beach Travel After More Zika Hits Florida

Five local cases of Zika have been declared in Florida's Miami Beach.

By Matt Picht | August 19, 2016

A fresh outbreak of the Zika virus in Florida has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a travel warning for Miami Beach.

Five people, including three tourists, have been infected with the virus in a 1.5-square-mile area of Miami-Dade County. The CDC says anyone who has visited the area from July 14 onward is at risk of contracting or spreading the virus.

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This brings the total number of Zika cases originating in Florida up to 36. The virus previously prompted health officials to issue a travel warning for Wynwood, a neighborhood north of Miami.

Florida officials have been working to contain the virus's spread by curbing the state's mosquito population, but the CDC says techniques like aerial spraying won't work in the high-rises of Miami beach.

Florida governor Rick Scott has asked the CDC for additional Zika testing and prevention kits for the state and has reached out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.

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