State, local officials declare Wynwood Zika free and safe

Posted at 4:08 PM, Sep 18, 2016

Once the center of nationwide concern over the possible spread of Zika, the Wynwood section of Miami-Dade County is being declared safe by state and local officials.

During a Monday morning press conference where he was joined by City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared that the area north of Downtown Miami has not had a new case of the virus detected.  

While Scott and both Mayors are willing to silence the alarms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still have travel advisories in place for the area - something leaders hope will get lifted in the near future.

Scott's news comes just days after authorities expanded a local transmission area in nearby Miami Beach, which had seen their own outbreak of the virus in recent weeks.  

Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that the Department of Health was expanding the area of local transmission on Miami Beach from 8th Street to 63rd Street.


Mayor Gimenez announced in a statement that local officials will continue "aggressive on-the-ground and truck spraying'' into next week in the entire affected area that still exists in Miami Beach.

Hundreds of people in the state have become infected with the virus that can cause severe birth defects. Most of those who have the virus caught it while traveling, but 79 cases have not been travel related.

The governor last Friday authorized spending an additional $10 million in state funds for Zika response.  

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