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Tourist Carley Genao, foreground left, of New Jersey, and Nicole Sanchez, foreground right, of New York, cross the street as they head to their hotel, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, Fla. Authorities in Florida said Thursday they have found the Zika virus in three groups of trapped mosquitoes in Miami Beach, the first time this has happened in the continental U.S. The Zika-carrying mosquitoes were trapped in a touristy 1.5-square-mile area of Miami Beach that had been identified as an active zone of active transmission of the virus, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a news release. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

The Zika virus transmission zone in Miami Beach has tripled, but it's not all bad news


Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday night that the transmission zone of the Zika virus had expanded in Miami Beach to now include the area from 8th street to 63rd street.

The Florida Department of Health says the zone is now 4.5 square miles. It used to be 1.5 miles.

[This] highlights the need for continued aggressive mosquito control measures and for Congress to immediately approve federal funding to combat Zika.
Gov. Rick Scott

The expansion of the zone comes after the Dept. of Health identified five more people who experienced Zika symptoms within a month of each other.

This brings the total number of Zika cases to 35.

This is what the new Miami Beach area that's under watch looks like.

But it's not all bad news. Gov. Scott announced that the state plans to lift the impact zone in Wynwood, a popular neighborhood north of downtown Miami, on Monday.

The governor says this is thanks to aggressive mosquito control measures, outreach to the community and education efforts.

The virus is more of a threat to pregnant women because it's been linked to neurological disorders in unborn children.

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