Florida Gov. Scott lifts Zika infection zone in Miami Beach

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, and Florida Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip, left, speak with local officials during a Zika Preparedness Roundtable (Brendan Fitterer/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s governor says South Beach is no longer an active infection zone for the Zika virus.

Gov. Rick Scott was joined by tourism officials Friday to make the announcement.

The first cases of Zika transmission through mosquito bites on the U.S. mainland were reported in July in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. Health officials announced that area was free of active Zika transmission in September.

South Beach is the last of three other neighboring Zika infection zones to be cleared.

Florida health officials said Thursday that 249 people had contracted Zika in the state.

Zika can cause severe brain-related birth defects when pregnant women become infected.
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