FOX NEWS LATINO — MIAMI – Near a street corner in the west end of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, Carmen Negrete pours a bucket of grimy water into a storm drain. These days, the hot dog stand owner is taking extra precautions to keep her work area spic and span.
“I don’t want to attract any bugs,” Negrete said. “Given the recent warnings about Zika, one has to be extra careful, especially people handling food.”
Negrete, who came to Miami from Mexico in 1990, has parked her stand on the same sidewalk for the past 10 years, watching Wynwood evolve from once working-class, immigrant heavy community to a trendy, artist powerhouse destination. As the neighborhood faces its first bout of negative press as the epicenter of the first outbreak of locally contracted Zika virus, Negrete told Fox News Latino that Wynwood and its inhabitants have quickly responded to address the crisis.
“If the city wasn’t cleaning the sidewalks, I would do it,” Negrete said. “It doesn’t cost me anything.”
On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant, as well as their partners, not to travel to a small area north of downtown Miami that includes Wynwood. In the past week, Florida health officials have confirmed 14 cases of people infected with Zika virus after being bitten by local mosquitoes in that area, which is roughly 150 square meters. A 15th case was recently discovered in another part of Miami.
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