Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said Friday that five Zika cases have been linked to a new area of transmission of the virus in Miami Beach, Fla.
The development means that the area of transmission of Zika has expanded beyond the one area of Miami that had previously been the only area of local Zika transmission.
“This means we believe we have a new area where local transmissions are occurring,” Scott said at a press conference.
He said the transmissions are occurring in a less than 1.5-square-mile area in Miami Beach.
The gradually increasing number of cases in Florida comes as both parties have continued to blame each other for a lack of congressional action to approve new funds to fight the virus.
The Obama administration recently announced it was shifting more funds around to prevent a delay of work on the Zika vaccine at the end of August. Meanwhile, it continued to press Congress to approve the White House’s request for $1.9 billion in new funds.
Republicans, meanwhile, have called on Senate Democrats to drop their filibuster of a $1.1 billion bill that Democrats object to due to its limitation of funds from Planned Parenthood and its ObamaCare and Ebola cuts.
There have been some concerns about the effects Zika could have on the large tourism industry in Miami.
The virus, spread by mosquitoes, can cause severe birth defects.