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MIAMI – Officers with the Miami police department are distributing bug spray to their community’s most vulnerable: the homeless. They hope the bug spray will help quell the spread of the Zika Virus.

Miami police officer James Bernat, left, hands a can of insect repellent to Barbara Betancourt and her baby Daniel Louis Valdes, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to this neighborhood where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. Bernat passed out some fifty cans of spray to the homeless. Betancourt is homeless. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami police officer James Bernat, left, hands a can of insect repellent to Barbara Betancourt and her baby Daniel Louis Valdes, Tuesday. Betancourt is homeless. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

“Homeless  are the most needy and they’re out 24/7 exposed to mosquitoes,” officer James Bernat told WPLG. “We need to do what we can do to help them and it’s the right thing to do.”

Miami police officer James Bernat, right, hands a can of insect repellent to Antonio Price, who is homeless, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to this neighborhood where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. Bernat passed out some fifty cans of spray to the homeless. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami police officer James Bernat, right, hands a can of insect repellent to Antonio Price, who is homeless. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The CDC issued an unprecedented travel warning Tuesday to pregnant women and their partners, asking them to avoid the Wynwood district of Miami. Officials say 14 people were infected with the Zika virus after being bitten by mosquitoes in the area.

Lorenzo Ward, 45, who is homeless, shakes hands with Miami police officer James Bernat, after Bernat gave him a can of insect repellent, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to this neighborhood where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. Bernat passed out some fifty cans of spray to the homeless. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lorenzo Ward, 45, who is homeless, shakes hands with Miami police officer James Bernat, after Bernat gave him a can of insect repellent. Bernat passed out some fifty cans of spray to the homeless. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Miami Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter, is within that area.

A homeless man who asked not to be identified, lies on the pavement with a can of insect repellent given to him by a Miami police officer, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to this neighborhood where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. The police passed out some fifty cans of spray to the homeless. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A homeless man who asked not to be identified, lies on the pavement with a can of insect repellent given to him by a Miami police officer. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

One homeless man, Lorenzo Ward, said he had been using a painful alternative to bug spray to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

“I use bleach and alcohol,” said Ward. “It burns the skin, but it keeps the mosquitoes off.”

Miami police officer James Bernat, right, hands a can of insect repellent to a homeless man, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to this neighborhood where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. Bernat passed out some fifty cans of spray to the homeless. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami police officer James Bernat, right, hands a can of insect repellent to a homeless man. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Bernat told ABC News that they distributed about 50 cans of mosquito repellent to homeless people on the street.

The Zika virus is known to causes serious birth defects, including microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads.

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