(NBC News) The small outbreak of Zika virus in Florida has spread, with government officials announcing five cases in popular Miami Beach Friday.
The virus, usually a danger only to unborn children, now threatens Florida’s crucial tourism industry.
The affected area is a one and a half mile section which includes much of popular South Beach, now shrouded in a fog of mosquito repellent.
The Centers for Disease Control and prevention says pregnant women should stay away from the impacted area.
“The key here is pregnant women. Pregnant women are at the greatest risk because of the risk of microcephaly and other serious birth defects,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says.
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