First-ever US suburb travel warning

Authorities issue travel warning over Zika outbreak
For the first time ever, US health authorities have warned against travel to an American neighbourhood for fear of catching an infectious disease. The community is just north of downtown Miami, where Zika is circulating.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the travel warning yesterday, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel there.
The warning comes after 10 more people in Florida were infected with the virus after being bitten by local mosquitoes – not while travelling to other countries – bringing the total to 14. The new cases were found only by door-to-door surveys of around 200 people in their homes and workplaces.
The 150 sq m zone is a mixed-use area with both upscale and poorer homes and businesses. The CDC is advising pregnant women who may have visited the area on or after June 15 to visit a health centre for testing.
June 15 is the earliest day that health officials believe mosquitoes could have passed on the virus after biting a person who had returned to the United States with the disease.
Meanwhile, among tour operators, Thomas Cook, Tui and Virgin Holidays are now offering pregnant customers who were booked to travel to the family destination the chance to go elsewhere to avoid contracting the virus, which is believed to cause defects in unborn babies.


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