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    Miami’s Little River No Longer Considered Active Zika Transmission Area

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    US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Little River area of Miami, Florida has not seen any new cases of local Zika virus transmission for more than 45 days.

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The Little River area of Miami, Florida has not seen any new cases of local Zika virus transmission for more than 45 days, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a release on Friday.

    "The Little River area of Miami is no longer considered to be an area of active Zika virus transmission (red area)," the release stated. "It is now designated as a Zika cautionary area (yellow area)."

    The agency added, however, that the South Miami Beach will continue to be designated as red area.

    "All pregnant women in the United States should be evaluated for possible Zika virus exposure during each prenatal care visit," the release noted.

    As of November 30, almost 4,500 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States, according to the CDC.

    The current Zika outbreak started in Brazil in the spring of 2015. The virus is transmitted by infected Aedes species of mosquitoes and can cause severe brain defects to unborn babies, including microcephaly.


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