Scott visits Miami’s Wynwood to mark milestone in fight against Zika virus

Miami city workers last month cleaned storm drains that can be mosquito breeding grounds.

Miami city workers last month cleaned storm drains that can be mosquito breeding grounds.

Gov. Rick Scott is set to visit Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood this morning, to mark 45 days of no active transmissions of the Zika virus.

Wynwood seized national attention in August when the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory warning expectant mothers against visiting a one-square mile area north of downtown Miami where locally transmitted Zika virus was found.

It was the first time in the CDC’s 70-year-history that the agency has warned Americans from traveling somewhere in the continental United States.

While the Zika virus continues to course across Florida — with more than 800 cases reported, including 77 transmitted locally — cases from Wynwood have dried up.

Scott plans to stop at a gallery in the trendy neighborhood this morning — just days after he steered another $10 million toward fighting the virus, bringing the state’s total spending to $36.2 million so far.

Meanwhile, the state has expanded an area it is investigating for Zika transmission in nearby Miami Beach.

 

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