MIAMI BEACH – Florida State Officials have tripled the active Zika transmission zone in Miami Beach. This decision came after five new cases of the mosquito-borne virus allegedly caused severe birth defects in the region.
These five cases were identified by the Florida Department of Health; within a month of each other, two men and three women all experienced symptoms of the Zika Virus.
On Saturday, the City of Miami Beach began truck-spraying of larvicide in the zone to eliminate the virus according to Mayor Philip Levine.
According to Florida Governor Rick Scott, this brings the total number of non-travel related cases to 93 in Florida, and 35 in Miami Beach.
To fight Zika, Scott will be authorizing $10 million in additional state funds and emphasize to Congress the need to provide more funding and federal resources.
The Zika virus often has faint symptoms like those of a very mild form of dengue fever, if any. Currently, there are no vaccines or medications that can prevent the illness.
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