by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 12, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for people who travel to or live in South Miami Beach. According to the CDC, this district is no longer considered to be an area of active Zika virus transmission (aka a red area). It is now designated as a Zika cautionary area (a yellow area). There have been no new cases of local Zika virus transmission identified in South Miami Beach for more than 45 days, suggesting that the risk of Zika virus infection is no longer greater than in the rest of Miami-Dade County. All of Miami-Dade County continues to have the yellow-area designation, and pregnant women in the district remain eligible for Zika virus testing. 
 
Following the CDC update, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that the CDC has lifted the travel advisory for the South Beach neighborhood in Miami Beach (between 8th and 28th streets). With this announcement, Miami-Dade County is officially cleared of active Zika transmission and therefore no longer under travel advisory by the CDC.
 
In a statement on its website, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau said, "Miami-Dade County has a proven track record of successfully controlling mosquito-borne illnesses, and utilizes the most sophisticated mosquito control techniques year-round. We look forward to welcoming you to our community."