Local Zika Virus Infection Diagnosed Outside of Affected Area in Miami

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — A new case of locally transmitted Zika virus has been diagnosed outside of the 1-square-mile outbreak area in northern Miami initially identified by health officials, the Florida Health Department said Tuesday.

The new case raises the total number of locally acquired Zika infections from mosquitoes to 15 in Miami-Dade County. The Florida Health Department has identified a square-mile section of Miami as the area where the virus is being transmitted and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned pregnant women to stay away from that area to avoid being infected.

Although the newest Zika case was identified outside of the affected area, the Florida Health Department released a statement saying they still believe that transmission of the Zika virus is “only taking place within the identified one-square-mile area in Miami.”

Since the first cases in the outbreak were identified, the health department has interviewed more than 340 people in the area to see if the virus has spread. Mosquito control is currently spraying the area to reduce the mosquito population further and the investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.

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