Florida officials go into damage-control over Zika

A Miami-Dade County mosquito control worker sprays around a home in the Wynwood area of Miami. (Alan Diaz, AP)
A Miami-Dade County mosquito control worker sprays around a home in the Wynwood area of Miami. (Alan Diaz, AP)

Tampa - Thank goodness it's the slow season in the US state of Florida.

At least that's what officials and representatives of the state's multibillion-dollar tourism industry are thinking in the wake of the news that 15 people have been infected with Zika in a small, trendy neighbourhood in Miami.

The outbreak has sent another chill through the Sunshine State's all-important tourism industry just weeks after the Orlando nightclub massacre and the killing of a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at nearby Walt Disney World.

Florida officials have gone into damage-control mode, with Governor Rick Scott insisting it's safe to visit the state.

Tourism is Florida's biggest industry. Visitors spent nearly $89bn last year.

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