Miami Neighborhood Declared Zika Free As CDC Lifts Warning In Miami, officials touted the good news that the first area in the continental U.S. with local transmission of Zika, the Wynwood neighborhood, has had no cases for 45 days. The news comes as a second area with local Zika transmission on Miami Beach was expanded after new cases were found.
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Miami Neighborhood Declared Zika Free As CDC Lifts Warning

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pregnant women don't have to avoid a neighborhood in Miami any longer. As NPR's Greg Allen reports, the area has made progress in its efforts to control the Zika virus.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: Local and state officials joined Florida Governor Rick Scott in a paint-spattered art gallery in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood for a rare bit of good news on Zika.

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RICK SCOTT: People worked on getting rid of standing water. They worked on the aggressive mosquito-control efforts. They worked on education, worked on wearing bug repellent. And now we've not had a local transmission case in 45 days.

ALLEN: Because it's been so long, the CDC modified its travel advisory today, and it's no longer warning pregnant women to avoid Wynwood. The CDC is still advising pregnant women concerned about Zika to consider postponing nonessential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County.

But while there's been progress in Wynwood, in Miami Beach, Zika is still spreading. On Friday Florida officials said they found five new cases, and they expanded the zone of local transmission to 4.5 square miles, most of Miami Beach.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says aerial spraying of a controversial pesticide Naled was a key part of the success in Wynwood, and he says along with other measures, Naled spraying is helping reduce the mosquito population on Miami Beach.

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CARLOS GIMENEZ: So I'll follow the experts, what they're asking me to do. We did OK here in Wynwood when we followed those recommendations. Now this whole area has been lifted. We are taking those same aggressive measures in Miami Beach.

ALLEN: Despite the progress in controlling Zika, in a statement, CDC director Tom Frieden said people should not let down their guard, warning there could still be additional cases. Greg Allen, NPR News, Miami.

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