Zika poses a threat primarily to fetuses being carried by pregnant women because an infected expectant mom can transfer the disease to her child, resulting in possible birth defects. (Photo: iStock)

If there’s such a thing as a good time for a Zika outbreak, then Miami’s happened at the right time.

Federal and state health officials confirmed that mosquitos breeding in a shopping district in Miami are spreading the Zika virus. The disclosure came during Miami’s slow tourist season, a break for the city that feeds off the winter tourist trade.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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