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Governor lifts one Zika Zone; expands another

Florida Governor Rick Scott will lift the "Zika Zone" designation over Miami's popular Wynwood Arts District Monday, just one weekend after expanding the "Zika Zone" in Miami Beach. WPEC

Florida Governor Rick Scott will lift the "Zika Zone" designation over Miami's popular Wynwood Arts District Monday, just one weekend after expanding the "Zika Zone" in Miami Beach.

Testing by Florida Department of Health shows there have been no active transmissions of Zika in the past 45 days leading to the lifting of the designation.

In response, Florida Governor Rick Scott will be in Wynwood Monday to promote the area and help draw visitors back to the area. Business owners say they have been heavily impacted because of the rapid spread of the mosquito borne virus.


Meanwhile, in nearby Miami Beach, the state is expanding the "Zika Zone" to now encompass a total 4.5 square mile area.

The new area includes the area from 8th Street to 63rd Street after the Florida Department of Health confirmed additional local transmissions of Zika.

According to the governor's office, DOH has identified 5 people, 2 males and 3 females, in the newly expanded area who have experienced symptoms of Zika within the same month of each other.

The total number of non-travel related Zika cases from the expanded area is 35; 93 non-travel Zika cases statewide.

The governor cites aggressive mosquito control and educational efforts as several factors for clearing Zika from the Wynwood area.

There are concerns that the virus can continue to spread, including to areas of Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast. Zika can be transferred person-to-person via specific mosquitoes. The DOH says 4 out of 5 people with Zika don't show the symptoms of the virus.

Symptoms may include: fever, joint pain, red eyes or rash.

Fetuses and newborns are most at risk. The Centers for Disease Control says transmissions of Zika can include mothers-to-her unborn child and that Zika infections have been linked to various birth defects, including microcephaly and miscarriages.

In some cases, the CDC says Zika has also been associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults, which is a serious form of paralysis.

Gov. Rick Scott Friday committed an additional $10 million to efforts to eradicate Zika, bringing the state's total spending to just more than $36 million.

Governor Scott has also been critical of the federal government and Congress, who has yet to pass a proposed spending bill that would provide $1.1 billion for Zika fighting efforts, including mosquito control and research.

Gov. Scott says other outstanding requests have also not been fulfilled, including 10,000 Zika Prevention Kits from the Centers for Disease Control.

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