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CDC works with Florida as Miami Beach active Zika transmission area expands

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Contact: Media Relations,
(404) 639-3286

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work with Florida health officials as they investigate cases of locally transmitted Zika virus. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed through its ongoing investigation that there is active mosquito-borne spread of Zika virus in a larger section of Miami Beach than was previously identified.  The Florida Department of Health has expanded the area of active transmission in Miami Beach so that it now spans from 8th Street to 63rd Street. At this time, the total area where active transmission of the Zika virus is believed to be occurring is around 4.5 square miles. Despite aggressive mosquito control measures, active mosquito-borne transmission may occur in this area for some time.

CDC is coordinating closely with Florida officials and providing technical support in the areas of disease detection and mosquito control. State officials continue to quickly implement mosquito control programs and look for additional cases in the areas where people have had confirmed Zika infection.

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