The Zika virus has health officials and the Centers for Disease Control concerned about a small community just north of Miami. According to CNN, 14 people in the community were infected with the Zika virus after mosquitos bit them. The CDC issued a travel warning for the area, which is the first time in the history of the agency that it issued a warning against traveling to any community in the United States.
The CDC and Florida governor Rick Scott advised pregnant women to avoid the area for fear of catching the virus. Health officials believe that a widespread outbreak of the virus in the area is highly unlikely, but warns people in the area to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Gov. Scott asked that the CDC activate an emergency response team to the area.
The Zika virus is starting to hit epidemic proportions in Central American countries and Puerto Rico. Over 60 countries across the globe are at risk of a widespread Zika outbreak. The Olympic Games are under close scrutiny by health officials because of the virus and the fear that athletes may contract the virus due to a poor economic and social climate in Brazil.
The CDC recommends that pregnant women who live in or travel to the area just north of Miami should receive testing for the Zika virus. The CDC also recommends that everyone in the area should take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites. The Zika virus is known to cause birth defects in the fetuses of pregnant women.