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The travel warning for a Miami neighborhood once infested with Zika has been lifted


Everybody should be coming back here and enjoying themselves.
Gov. Rick Scott

For weeks, Miami's bustling Wynwood arts district was under a travel warning. Tourists, especially pregnant women, were told to avoid the area if at all possible after discovery that the Zika virus was transmitted locally by mosquitoes.

That ban finally ended Monday after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared the area Zika-free.

Aerial spraying seems to have worked

The advisory was issued in early August after four people in the neighborhood contracted Zika within a few blocks of each other. They hadn't traveled, which meant mosquitoes in Florida had started carrying the virus. 

Health officials said frequent aerial pesticide spraying helped curb the mosquito population.

"This outbreak would have kept going without the aerial spraying," Dr. Lyle Petersen of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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But those sprays weren't exactly popular among civilians.

It's not all good news

The CDC still advises pregnant women to consider avoiding all non-essential travel to Miami-Dade County. But this advisory is less severe than the previous one. 

"We encourage people not to let down their guard," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement. "We could still see additional cases."

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