>> Florida Health officials identifying a new area of local active Zika virus transmission, Miami Beach. Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday confirming that one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US now has five cases of the mosquito born virus.>> Two of these individuals are Florida residents and live in Miami Dade County..
One person is a resident of New York, one person is a resident of Texas and one person is a resident of Taiwan. All three of these people traveled to Miami.>> Reuters Health Editor Michelle Gershberg says Florida's health officials are trying to take a very laser focused approach into finding areas where they think the virus is active.
>> So first we heard about one neighborhood in Miami, Wynwood, one square mile, and any travel warning, to pregnant women for example, was just to that one square mile. Today, Governor Scott was talking about a 1.5 square mile area in Miami Beach where they think it might be circulating.
And up until now it seems like federal health officials have listened to that sort of targeted approach, and when they issue a travel warning, they talk about the specific area. It's a different approach than they've taken in other countries, where pretty much as soon as local transmission is confirmed pregnant women will be advised not to travel to that country or territory.
>> Zika is especially dangerous for pregnant women as it can cause the birth defect microcephaly, resulting in babies with small heads and underdeveloped brains. Florida's tourist industry could take a big hit with the virus moving into Miami Beach. Last year some 15 million people spent at least one night in greater Miami generating nearly $24 billion.
At Friday's press conference, Governor Scott was grilled by reporters over accusations that he delayed confirming Zika transmission through local mosquitos, in an effort to minimize the affect on tourism in the state.