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Government Softens Miami Zika Warning

Crediting the effectiveness of aerial pesticide spraying, U.S. health officials are no longer advising pregnant women to stay out of Miami's Wynwood arts district due to an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus there.

No new cases of Zika have been reported in Wynwood since early August, and Florida officials announced on Monday that the area is no longer an active infection zone.

But the federal government is still urging caution.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that pregnant women consider postponing any nonessential travel to all of Miami-Dade County.

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Zika infections cause mild symptoms in most people, but can result in severe brain-related birth defects in newborns.

Miami politicians and business owners have been eager to reassure residents and tourists worried about the virus.

"It's a great day in Wynwood," Mayor Carlos Gimenez said at Monday's announcement. "Everybody, please come back."

 

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