Florida health officials confirm first “highly likely” cases of locally spread Zika in continental U.S.

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ORLANDO, Fl. - Our worst fears about Zika spreading may be coming true!

Florida Department of Health officials confirm that four Zika cases in Miami were ruled "highly likely" to have been caused by local mosquitoes, which is a first in the continental U.S.

The area of transmission has actually been narrowed down to a single zip code north of downtown Miami.

"While no mosquito traps have tested positive for the Zika virus, the Department of Heath is aggressively testing people in the affected area to ensure there are no other cases of this virus," Governor Rick Scott announced.

Health officials are also taking precautions to protect the blood supply from Zika as well. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said "they are closing down and not accepting blood donations so that you can't contaminate."

Fauci also tried to reassure the public about the magnitude of a potential Zika outbreak in America.

"It is unlikely for a number of reasons that we're going to have the same type of disseminated outbreak that they have in Brazil or in Puerto Rico," he declared.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement on Zika saying "there is no time to waste" in taking emergency Congressional action to fund stopping the spread of Zika.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio agrees, but adds that Zika "is not a political issue. It bites everyone."

"This is not just a Florida issue," the governor said. "This is a U.S. issue.  It's a national issue.  We're just at the front of it."

But while we're waiting for Congress to save the day, what should we do?

According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the public should use mosquito repellent when spending time outdoors in mosquito-prone areas.

Also, people should stay indoors after it rains and at sunset, which is when mosquitoes tend to swarm.

Let's hope that keeps them 'skeeters at bay!

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