Threat to US tourism

Miami issues Zika warning to pregnant women

Miami beachFlorida health officials have warned pregnant women not to travel to Miami Beach after confirming five cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in one America’s busiest tourist destinations.

Zika causes the severe birth defect known as microcephaly which develops in mothers during pregnancy.

US Senator Harry Reid said the transmission of Zika in the Miami Beach area “is the most alarming development yet in the rapidly growing threat of Zika in the United States.”

Miami Beach accounts for nearly half of visitor stays in the Greater Miami area and the outbreak has heightened concerns over Zika’s spread across the southern states.

In February President Barack Obama called for $1.9 billion to fight the virus as US health officials become increasingly alarmed by its spread from Brazil into Central and North America.

Miami health officials have stepped up pesticide spraying in the area, according to Fortune magazine which reported that 270 babies in Puerto Rico may be born with the virus.


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