Miami neighbourhood issued travel warning as Zika spreads
Aug.2, NY: Zika fears have prompted US health authorities to issue a travel warning for a small section of Miami where local mosquitoes have spread the virus to 14 people, according to officials.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Tom Frieden said that: "We advise pregnant women to avoid travel to this area."He also said that the virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly.
The warning was issued for a one-mile section north of central Miami, a popular arts and restaurant district known as Wynwood. Women who are pregnant and live in or may have travelled to the area since June 15 should talk with their doctor, Frieden added.
Pregnant women in the area are also urged to use barrier protection during sex, or to abstain in order to lower the risk of transmission from a partner.
He also recommended people use mosquito repellant, wear long sleeves, repair screens and drain any standing water to prevent the spread of the mosquitoes.
He said it was possible that mosquitoes are resistant to insecticides currently being used, or that they may have hidden breeding areas that haven't been found yet, or that this type of mosquito - the Aedes aegypti - is simply difficult to control, according to Al Jazeera news report.
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