It’s been almost nine months since Florida became the first U.S. state to confirm local mosquito transmission of the Zika virus. In the public health battle that ensued, Miami-Dade County became ground zero in the war against the mosquito-borne illness.
In late 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed the “red area” designation for the county, meaning it is no longer a geographic area where local, state and CDC officials have determined that the intensity of Zika transmission presents a significant risk to pregnant women. Zika infection during pregnancy has the potential to cause serious fetal birth defects.
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