Mosquito-borne Zika poses travel fears for Miami

Following reports of 16 non-travel-related transmissions of the Zika virus in the last two weeks in Miami-Dade County Fla., the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women and their partners not to travel to Miami.

This is the first time in history the CDC has advised against travel to an American city due to an infectious disease.

The cases transmitted by mosquitoes have occurred in a roughly square mile area north of downtown Miami. Door-to-door testing of individuals in the area and close contacts of the initial cases conducted in the area turned up 12 of the new cases, including individuals who were asymptomatic.

Gov. Rick Scott reassured the public that Florida is still safe for travel outside of Miami-Dade. Of the 67 counties in Florida, 29 have had at least one travel-related case of Zika including Santa Rosa, Escambia and Okaloosa counties according to Florida Health Department data. They report more than 400 total cases in the state as of Aug. 5.

Though it can be transmitted sexually, Zika is most commonly transferred through the bite of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Sarah Revell of the Florida Department of Health said the threat of mosquito transmission to residences of Santa Rosa is very low.

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