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Officials Expand Miami Beach Zika Transmission Zone

Department of Health
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Florida health officials are expanding the local transmission area in Miami Beach.

Gov. Rick Scott announced in a news release Friday evening that the zone, which had been limited primarily to South Beach, has expanded north, bringing the total affected area to around 4.5 square miles.

The Department of Health has identified two males and three females in the expanded area who all experienced symptoms within one month of each other. All five are non-travel related cases.

Scott also announced plans to lift the zone in the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood on Monday.

Earlier Friday, Scott authorized an additional $10 million in state funds for Zika response. That money will go to mosquito control, enhanced laboratory capacity and Zika kits from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scott used his emergency powers in June to authorize $26.2 million for Zika response.