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After Miami Neighborhood Declared Zika Free, CDC Lifts Travel Ban

MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott has declared the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami "Zika free," and the federal Centers for Disease Control has lifted its Travel Advisory for that area.

At a press conference Monday, Governor Scott shared the good news that the "Wynwood Zika Zone" is lifted.

“We’ve now been 45 days without a local transmission of Zika, and so everybody, should be coming back here to enjoy themselves,” said Scott.

Small businesses around the artsy Wynwood area were heavily impacted by the CDC’s travel advisory—as highlighted by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in a floor speech to his colleagues, calling for Zika funding.

“It was the first area impacted and the CDC came out with a warning telling people to avoid a neighborhood,” he said. “This is usually the kind of advisory that goes out about avoiding other countries. Telling Americans and travelers specifically to avoid a certain part of a certain neighborhood. Can you imagine the impact that had on the businesses in that community?”

Still, the CDC does advise pregnant women to postpone nonessential travel to Miami-Dade County. Zika can cause severe birth defects. With more local cases reported Friday, Miami Beach still has a travel advisory in place.

Meanwhile, next Friday, Scott is hosting “Dine Out Wynwood.” It’s an event to encourage people to travel to Wynwood to help area businesses and restaurants.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.