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Florida announces Zika case hundreds of miles from Miami

Florida Governor Rick Scott also said there were four new cases of Zika transmission in the Wynwood.

FILE: The Aedes Aegypti mosquito larvae photographed at a laboratory of the Ministry of Health of El Salvador in San Salvador. Picture: Marvin Recinos/AFP.

FLORIDA - Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika acquired by local mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 425 km from Miami, where the first locally transmitted US cases were reported.

Florida Governor Rick Scott also said there were four new cases of Zika transmission in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, where officials have been aggressively spraying for the mosquitoes that carry the virus for weeks.

The state department of health has begun door-to-door outreach in Pinellas County, testing individuals to find other cases, Scott said in a statement. He added that mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place.

Pinellas County is home to St. Petersburg, a popular tourist destination.