Written by Staff Writer
02 Aug, 2016 | 11:08 am
An outbreak of Zika in Miami prompted the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday to warn pregnant women to avoid the neighborhood where officials believe mosquitoes may be transmitting the virus.
This is the first time the CDC has warned people not to travel to an American neighborhood for fear of catching an infectious disease.
The outbreak, now involving 14 people, is the first believed to be caused by mosquitoes in the continental U.S.
Health officials expect more infections to be found as they continue testing people in the affected area, and the outbreak could go on for some time.
The officials further added that precautions should continue to be taken by everyone living in the area or traveling to and from it. Those precautions include applying insect repellent containing 25% DEET to uncovered skin, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants that are thick enough to repel a mosquito bite, using air conditioning and screens on doors, and removing standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs.
The vast majority of cases of Zika in the United States have been from travel to other countries where the virus is actively circulating, a total of more than 60 countries and territories.
Nearly every state is reporting cases of the virus; only Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming and Alaska have not reported it.
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