(NBC 6 MIAMI) The number of non-travel Zika patients from South Florida grew on Thursday. Governor Rick Scott announced that an additional three cases have been discovered likely from mosquitoes in a specific section of Miami-Dade County, bringing that total number to 25 cases.
Wynwood, hit hardest by the Zika outbreak in South Florida and a national directive for people to not visit the area, did get a bit of good news Thursday when the Florida Department of Health shrunk what many have called the “Zika Zone”.
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The zone was lowered by four blocks near the southwest corner of the zone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue to monitor the entire area.
“We are confident that our mosquito education, prevention and control efforts are working and hopeful that the impacted area will continue to be reduced as the DOH investigation continues,” Scott said in a press release.
The Governor continued to press both the Obama administration and Congress to approve funding to fight Zika, saying “The president and Congress must work together to get to a solution for all the families across our nation.”
At the same time, Miami-Dade County announced they will expand their program of treating public and private storm drains in an effort to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. The county is currently using a time release produce that remains in the drainage systems for 30 days.