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The Miami neighborhood trying to fight Zika

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>> Mosquito inspectors going door-to-door this week in Wynwood, the Miami neighbourhood, home to the nation's first locally transmitted cases of Zika, spraying pesticide wherever the virus-carrying insects maybe hiding. Miami's mayor trying to calm fears.>> This is just a cluster. This is not a pandemic, this is not an epidemic.
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>> Health officials though, aren't taking any chances. Since the first local cases of Zika were confirmed last week, authorities have urgently stepped up efforts to eliminate mosquitoes and educate people about how to protect themselves, but they may face an uphill battle in Wynwood. The neighbourhood is defined by its art galleries and outdoor murals and cultivates a progressive counterculture that might not be so receptive to the advice.
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Reuters Leticia Stein spoke with one concerned doctor who has patients in the area.>> She said that its a place where women are sometimes hesitant to take birth control even when they're not planning pregnancies. They can be antibiotic as well as anti-vaccine. She's very concerned about unplanned pregnancies that could possibly result in birth defects.
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She also saw a patient there who wasn't sure if she wanted to follow medical advise to get tested for Zika although she is 18 weeks pregnant. This woman's attitude was well, what can I do about it, short of termination.>> For its part, the Center for Disease Control has issued an unprecedented travel warning that pregnant women avoid the area.
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Zika which can cause the devastating birth defect microcephaly in newborns, had previously only been seen in people who travelled to or had sex with someone who'd been in areas of South or Central America where the virus was found. But now more than a dozen locally transmitted cases in Florida had been confirmed.