MIAMI, Flor. (NBC News) – Pregnant women are being urged to stay away from Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, ground zero for the city’s Zika virus outbreak.
“This is the first time in recent history that the federal government has issued a travel advisory for the continental U.S., and it’s very specific to this one neighborhood,” says Dr. Thomas Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The warning zone covers just one square mile. Experts say the mosquitoes believed to be carrying the Zika virus don’t fly very far, but they’re worried about humans who travel into the area, become infected, and then leave.
Workers from the Florida Department of Health are going door-to-door in the neighborhood to collect urine samples from residents, which will then be tested for the virus.
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