by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:
On August 19, Florida Governor Rick Scott said that officials have identified South Beach as the 2nd site of Zika transmission on the U.S. mainland. Scott said that 5 new Zika infections have been linked to an area that encompasses much of the neighborhood. 
His announcement comes just a day after his office confirmed that there weren’t any confirmed cases of the virus being contracted on Miami Beach.
Of the 5 new cases, 2 people live in South Florida, 1 lives in New York, 1 lives in Texas, and 1 person lives in Taiwan. The 3 male and 2 female individuals were all visiting Miami Beach when they became infected.
“The Florida Department of Health believes that all active transmissions of this virus are only occurring in the areas of Miami Beach between 8th and 28th Streets. This area is just under 1.5 miles.
To date, we have two very small areas of Miami-Dade County where we believe local transmissions are occurring.”
Scott has directed the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the health department to assist hotels, restaurants, and attractions in Miami-Dade County in preventing the Zika virus from spreading, and in educating the public.
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