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10 blocks of Zika-impacted area cleared in South Florida

Governor Scott toured Wynwood area

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WYNWOOD, Fla. – A 10 block area in South Florida that's been impacted by the Zika virus has been cleared by the Florida Department of Health, Governor Rick Scott announced Thursday.

That area is located in the Wynwood Arts District. Health officials concluded no local transmissions are currently occurring in the northwest corner of the impacted zone (pictured below).

The Centers for Disease Control will continue to monitor the entire one square mile area in Miami, north of downtown.  

There were no new cases of locally transmitted Zika to announce Thursday.

“I spent the day walking around Wynwood and I had the opportunity to meet with residents and business owners to let them know everything we are doing at the state level to combat the Zika virus," said Governor Scott. 

Scott said even though this is good news, they are still aggressively spraying for mosquitoes and testing residents.

"If we learn that we have to expand the zone again or add additional zones in the future, we will take all precautions to notify the public," said Scott.

Scott also met with Dr. Frieden of the CDC and asked for the following resources:

  • Additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits for pregnant women
  • Detailed plan from the Obama Administration on how they would like Florida to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on requesting emergency response funds since this has become mosquito-borne in Florida
  • Funding for additional spraying, lab support and staff

Scott said when he first requested that plan on June 1st, he asked for a response by June 15th before there were any local transmissions. 

"That time has passed and it is imperative that we get a response from the federal government," said Scott. "I have also reiterated my request for funding for additional spraying, lab support and staff."

Scott said Florida has allocated more than $26 million in state resources to combat Zika and it's aggressively funding items to be prepared.

"While we will continue to put resources anywhere and everywhere they are needed, we hope the federal government will fulfill our additional requests and be a good partner in this fight," said Scott.