Florida Zika Zone To Include Miami Beach

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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About Sherrenna Keeler
Sherrenna Keeler was born and raised in Fort Pierce, Florida. She eventually moved to Sebastian in 2001 and has made the area her hometown ever since. She is a mother of six, a fitness guru, and writes health-related news articles. Sherrenna is currently working on several certifications on nutrition and personal training.