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August 1, 2016 9:18 PM Homegrown Zika raises more questions about the evolving risk

WASHINGTON — Homegrown mosquitoes have infected more than a dozen people with Zika in a small area of Miami, and officials are recommending that pregnant women stay away from the neighborhood. The Zika infections are the first from mosquito bites on the U.S. mainland. Scientists don’t expect big outbreaks in U.S. states like those in hard-hit parts of Latin 18

August 1, 2016 5:15 PM CDC warns pregnant women from Zika-stricken part of Miami

MIAMI — Government health officials are warning that pregnant women should avoid travel to a Zika-stricken part of Miami and urging expectant mothers who frequent the neighborhood to get tested for the virus, after the number of people feared infected through mosquito bites in the U.S. climbed to 14. In a warning issued Monday, the Centers for Disease 10

August 1, 2016 4:47 PM Spread of Zika, and cloud of fear, threatens Florida’s tourism way of life

Mike Rigelsky, a lawyer in Ohio, last fall planned the Disney World vacation of a lifetime: A week of theme parks in the Orlando sun, including a planned family photo shoot during which his sister would announce her pregnancy. Yet as concerns mounted over Zika, the crippling virus that health officials say is now spreading by mosquitoes in southern Florida 19

August 1, 2016 3:51 PM UPDATED: Interactive Graphic: Zika Goes Local in the U.S

State officials link cases of the virus to local mosquitoes in the mainland U.S. for the first time, setting off a new phase of public response Controlling the Zika virus in the United States just got harder. The mosquito- and sexually-transmitted disease has now likely gone local, according to federal public health officials. In at least four instances 7

August 1, 2016 3:32 PM Florida announces 10 more homegrown Zika cases

Florida has confirmed 10 more homegrown cases of Zika in people infected by local mosquitoes, leading federal health officials to advise women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant to avoid the area just north of downtown Miami where Zika is spreading. The new cases bring the number of Zika infections spread by local mosquitoes — as opposed 9

July 31, 2016 11:06 PM Zika virus on the rise in Puerto Rico, leaders debate how to control the outbreak

Thousands of Puerto Ricans have been infected with the Zika virus, and the infection rate is rising, The New York Times reported. According to the Times, a quarter of Puerto Rico's population will be infected with the Zika virus by December. There are about 5,500 confirmed cases now, with 672 of those people being pregnant women. However, Centers for Disease 21

July 30, 2016 7:11 PM As Zika rages in Puerto Rico, action falters

SAN JUAN — The Zika epidemic that has spread from Brazil to the rest of Latin America is raging in Puerto Rico — and the island’s response is in chaos. The war against the Aedes aegypti mosquito carrying the virus is failing. Infections are skyrocketing: Many residents fail to protect themselves against bites because they believe the threat is exaggerated 16

July 30, 2016 6:51 PM In Florida's Zika zone, more bug spray, less time outside

As word spread that Miami's hippest neighborhood was now considered ground zero for the first mosquito-transmitted infections of the Zika virus in the U.S. mainland, many residents vowed to take precautions, local officials urged tourists not to change travel plans and mosquito-control workers geared up for war against the pests. "Zika is now here," Dr. Thomas 18

July 30, 2016 6:30 PM In Florida Zika probe, federal scientists kept at arm's length

Material to prevent Zika infection by mosquitoes are displayed at the 69th World Health Assembly(REUTERS) The state of Florida, the first to report the arrival of Zika in the continental United States, has yet to invite a dedicated team of the federal government's disease hunters to assist with the investigation on the ground, health officials told Reuters 9

July 30, 2016 1:35 PM Officials encourage travelers not to shun Florida for Zika

MIAMI — There's no official warning to stay clear of Florida, but the crowds that usually wander among the bold street murals in Miami's trendy Wynwood arts district may be thinner after reports that mosquitoes in the area have spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time. Officials are trying to reassure tourists they'll be safe when visiting 14