Zika In The United States Update: Florida Governor To Visit Wynwood, Expected To Declare Area Virus-Free
Wynwood is reportedly to be visited by Florida Governor Rick Scott and it is expected that he would clear the "Zika Zone" in the area. According to reports, the visit by Scott will take place on Monday and will start at 8:15 a.m. He will be joined by Tomas Regalado, the City of Miami Mayor; Carlos Gimenez, the County Mayor; and the Wynwood Business Improvement District. The visit will be held at Wynwood Walls.
NBC Miami reveals that the state and local leaders visiting Wynwood are likely to announce that the area is no longer considered a Zika zone since it has been 45 days since new cases were reported there. The Zika Zone has affected businesses for the different bars, galleries and restaurants in the artsy district. The Vice President of the Wynwood Business Improvement District, Albert Garcia, said in a statement that they are relieved there have been no additional cases locally transmitted and that the declaration of Zika Zone has made Wynwood stronger than ever, Miami Herald reports.
Garcia added, "We encourage the public to rediscover our world-renowned street art, cultural, retail and unique dining experiences." Wynwood was the first community in the U.S. where it was believed that the mosquitoes carrying the virus lived. The other Zika Zone is the Miami Beach.
Days ago, it has been reported that an expansion of the local transmission area in Miami Beach was recorded. Scott announced last Friday that the Department of Health decided to expand the area of local transmission on Miami Beach from 8th Street to 63rd Street. These areas will continue to be sprayed with insecticide until next week, said Mayor Gimenez.
Hundreds of people in Florida have been infected with the virus, which can cause severe birth defect such as microcephaly. Pregnant women have been advised not to travel to countries with high cases of Zika virus.