North Miami Beach no longer active Zika transmission zone

A 4.5-square-mile area of North Miami Beach is no longer designated as an active Zika transmission zone, but rather a cautionary area, according to recently updated guidance from the CDC.

The updated guidance comes as no locally acquired Zika cases have been detected for more than 45 days in North Miami Beach. However, South Miami Beach continues to be a local transmission zone, or red area. The rest of Miami Dade County is considered a yellow area.

The CDC suggests pregnant women should not travel to red areas, and women and men planning to start a family in the near future should consider avoiding nonessential travel to these areas. The CDC also recommends pregnant women should consider postponing travel to yellow areas.

"People living in or visiting Miami-Dade County, including Miami Beach, particularly pregnant women, are still encouraged to continue to take steps to prevent mosquito bites and to follow guidelines for preventing sexual transmission. We cannot let down our guard," said Tom Frieden, MD, director of the CDC.

As of Nov. 17, the CDC has reported 1,114 cases of Zika among pregnant women.

More articles on the Zika virus: 
Researchers detect Zika-related microcephaly in infants months after birth 
New mouse model shows how Zika infection affects the postnatal brain 
WHO: Zika no longer a public health emergency of international concern

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