U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to avoid an area of Miami where experts believe 14 cases of Zika have surfaced, all apparently from mosquitoes.
The trendy Miami neighbourhood of Wynwood, made up of art galleries, restaurants and boutiques, is popular with residents and tourists. It’s believed mosquitoes in the area are transmitting Zika virus directly to humans.
In what is considered an unusual travel warning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women who have been there since mid-June to get tested.
Couples who have been there recently are being cautioned to put off having children for at least two months. The Zika virus can stay in the urine and blood for weeks, and in men’s sperm for months.
Pest control companies have been working to treat areas for mosquitoes.
The global Zika outbreak has led to more than 1,800 serious birth defects.