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One big question about the Zika virus has been how big a risk the virus might pose in the United States.

Studies earlier this year suggested that birth defects and other problems were mainly limited to babies born in some parts of Brazil.

A study out Tuesday provides a sense of the effects on women who were exposed while pregnant in other countries and then came to the United States. About 6 percent of those pregnancies resulted in defects in the fetus or baby.

State officials say Florida mosquitoes are no longer actively transmitting the Zika virus, marking a milestone in the fight against the disease.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state's Department of Health has cleared Miami's Little River area of local Zika transmission.

Little River Zika Zone Lifted

Dec 4, 2016

Florida Gov.  Rick Scott announced Friday that the state Department of Health is lifting the Zika zone in Miami’s Little River neighborhood because 45 days have passed without any new local cases in the area.

“This is a good news day,” the governor said repeatedly. But he urged residents to remain vigilant. Zika infections have been linked to the birth defect microcephaly, which can cause intellectual disabilities, seizures and cerebral palsy.

Miami-Dade Reports 4 More Local Zika Cases

Dec 1, 2016
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State health officials said Wednesday they have found four more locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Miami-Dade County, while two "travel-related" cases were reported in the Orlando area.

State Reports 7 New Zika Cases

Nov 30, 2016
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State health officials said Tuesday that seven more Zika cases have been reported in Florida, bringing the overall number of cases in the state to 1,213.

There are now more than 1,200 cases of the Zika virus in Florida, and about a fifth are locally contracted cases via Florida mosquitoes. So, health officials are reminding Floridians to continue taking preventive measures to combat the disease.

A Southwest Florida research company said it has developed a medication to combat Zika. The pill is meant to treat people who’ve already contracted the mosquito-borne virus. 

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Part Of Miami Beach Lifted From Zika Zone

Nov 23, 2016
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A part of Miami Beach has been lifted from the state's Zika zone.

Zika Cases In Florida Close To 1,200

Nov 22, 2016
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Health officials reported three more cases of the Zika virus Monday, as Florida moved closer to 1,200 cases since the outbreak began.

Two hurricanes, a Zika outbreak and the nation’s worst mass shooting aren’t putting a dent in Florida’s biggest industry.

Florida Confirms 11 More Zika Cases

Nov 21, 2016

Florida health officials on Friday identified 11 new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, bringing the state total to 1,188 cases.

In the Florida Keys on Election Day, along with the presidential race, one of the most controversial items on the ballot dealt with Zika. In a nonbinding vote countywide, residents in the Florida Keys approved a measure allowing a British company to begin a trial release of genetically modified mosquitoes. Armed with that approval, local officials voted Saturday to try out what they hope will be a new tool in the fight against Zika.

The World Health Organization announced Friday that it no longer considers the Zika epidemic a public health emergency of international concern.

But Zika's threat to pregnant women and babies is not going away anytime soon, the agency says. Instead, the virus is now a chronic problem, says the WHO's Dr. Pete Salama.

3 New Local Zika Cases Reported In South Florida

Nov 17, 2016
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State health officials said Wednesday that three more locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been found in South Florida, with each having ties to Miami-Dade County.

5 More Zika Cases Pop Up In Miami-Dade

Nov 13, 2016

State health officials said Thursday that five more locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been found in Miami-Dade County, which has been hit hard by the mosquito-borne illness.

Officials in Miami-Dade County trying to stop the outbreak of Zika are exploring the use of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that inhibit the insects' ability to transmit the virus.

Some tiny clusters of brain cells grown in a lab dish are making big news at this week's Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.

Known as "minibrains," these rudimentary networks of cells are small enough to fit on the head of a pin, but already are providing researchers with insights into everything from early brain development to Down syndrome, Alzheimer's and Zika.

6 More Local Zika Cases Confirmed In Florida

Nov 10, 2016
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State health officials Wednesday reported six more local cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, bringing to 217 the number of transmissions of the disease in Florida.

Five of the new cases involved Miami-Dade County residents, while one involved a person from out of state. The Florida Department of Health said it was investigating to determine where exposure to the virus occurred.

An argument that has been taking place in Mosquito Control board meetings, hotel conference rooms and Facebook comment strings finally moved to the ballot box on Tuesday.

With most of the vote in (32 of 33 precincts) the GMO mosquito question had split results.

Federal scientists have launched another test in human volunteers of a Zika vaccine. This one uses a more traditional approach than an experiment that started in August.

Travel Related Zika Cases Continue To Rise

Nov 6, 2016
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Florida health officials on Friday announced eight new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including two infections involving pregnant women.

Six New Zika Virus Cases Include Two Pregnant Women

Nov 4, 2016

State health officials Thursday reported six new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika Zika virus in Florida, with infections involving pregnant women now up to 131.

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Police union officials want Florida lawmakers to extend workers' compensation to first responders with Zika.

Three More Pregnant Women Diagnosed With Zika

Nov 2, 2016
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Florida health officials Tuesday reported seven more cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including three infections involving pregnant women.

South Floridians have one more reason to avoid the Zika virus—and this one’s especially for the men out there: New research using mouse models shows the Zika virus can shrink testicles.

Zika Cases Top 1,100 In Florida

Nov 1, 2016

With the addition of five more cases Monday, Florida's total number of diagnoses of the mosquito-borne Zika virus topped 1,100, according to information posted online by the state Department of Health.

The total hit 1,103, including 124 infections involving pregnant women. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

An adult aedes aegypti mosquito measures about six millimeters. That’s roughly a quarter of an inch. Yet for weeks this summer, it looked to threaten a $26 billion a year industry that underpins the South Florida economy -- tourism.

The bug remains a big public health worry -- so much so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that pregnant women stay away from all of Miami-Dade County -- but it in its early months, hasn’t hurt tourism.

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But try telling that to Donald Goldberg, manager of the Wynwood Diner.

Miami Beach Hopes Zika Won't Repel Halloween Visitors

Oct 30, 2016
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Miami Beach officials and business owners hope Zika won’t scare away Halloween crowds.

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