CDC warns pregnant women to avoid South Beach

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The CDC announced Friday pregnant women should avoid a second area in South Florida. This time it's in the tourist hot spot Miami Beach. (WPVI)

The CDC announced Friday pregnant women should avoid a second area in South Florida. This time it's in the tourist hot spot Miami Beach.

Officials in Florida say five people have been infected with the Zika virus, spread by local mosquitoes in Miami Beach. A one-and-a-half mile area has been identified as the infection zone.

The governor says officials are testing people there and working to control mosquitoes.

The first area known to have local transmission - called Wynwood - is now shrinking. Several more blocks have been cleared.

Congress has still not passed a budget to fight Zika. Gov. Rick Scott has again asked for those federal funds. He's requesting 5,000 more testing supplies, more lab personnel and 10,000 prevention kits for pregnant women.

"We want to do all we can to ensure Florida remains safe for visitors and our families," said Scott.

Free Zika assessment and testing will now be offered to all pregnant women within the entire state of Florida. Mosquito spraying will have to stick to the ground by Miami Beach. There's too many high rises for aerial spraying. And education continues, reminding residents to protect themselves.

"We all have to do our part to wear bug spray and dump standing water," said Scott.

Meanwhile, two studies are underway testing vaccines. Penn Medicine is part of one. They've enrolled 15 volunteers.

As for whether Zika will spread here - it could. We have the mosquitoes that can carry the virus. But most experts agree it's unlikely we'll see widespread transmission.

Still, people should do their best to avoid mosquito bites.

For more information visit cdc.gov.
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