Sep 10, 2016 4:16 PM

Miami business owners anxious for Zika warnings to end

The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Business owners are anxious for federal health officials to lift a travel advisory warning pregnant women and their partners to avoid parts of Miami and South Beach identified as zones of active transmission of the Zika virus.

The Miami Herald reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it could lift its advisory for a 1-square-mile zone encompassing Miami's Wynwood neighborhood on Sept. 19 if no new locally contracted cases are confirmed.

Business owners and analysts say if Zika infections persist in Miami and a 1.5-square-mile portion of Miami Beach, visitors who have been waiting to make reservations in Miami-Dade County may turn elsewhere.

The Wynwood Business Improvement District has asked the city of Miami for money to compensate for Zika's impact.

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