Aug 23, 2016

Florida’s Zika outbreak is spreading, with new case in St. Petersburg area

St. Petersburg, FL
USA
by
Ariana Eunjung Cha
,
Washington Post
Sharon Nagel, a Miami-Dade County mosquito-control inspector, walks through the Wynwood neighborhood looking for mosquitoes or breeding areas. Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Sharon Nagel, a Miami-Dade County mosquito-control inspector, walks through the Wynwood neighborhood looking for mosquitoes or breeding areas. Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Florida state officials have reported five new cases of Zika, four in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, where the first locally transmitted cases in the country were reported, and the fifth on the other side of the state in Pinellas County.

It’s that last case that’s the most worrisome because it might signal that mosquitoes infected with the virus are spreading. But it’s too soon to know, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have yet to issue a travel advisoryindicating there is active local transmission in that area