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Miami-Dade mosquitoes test positive for Zika

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Virus   575 W. 49th Street in Miami Beach

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has detected Zika in one mosquito sample from the same small area in Miami Beach.

There were five other samples had previously tested positive for Zika. All samples have consisted of Aedes aeqypti mosquitoes and are from an area where increased trapping and intensified mosquito control measures have already been underway since the Florida Department of Health determined local transmission had occurred.

The positive sample was from a trap located at 575 W. 49th Street in Miami Beach. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has tested nearly 4,000 mosquito samples, consisting of nearly 64,000 mosquitoes, since May, and these six samples are the only ones to test positive.

The positive mosquito pool announced today was collected in Miami Beach within the current zone that has been treated for local transmission. Scientists with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tested the sample at the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Kissimmee.

A summary of the six total positive mosquito samples to date is:

- Oct. 1, 2016: One mosquito sample from a small area in Miami Beach tested positive for Zika.

- Sept. 16, 2016: One mosquito sample from a small area in Miami Beach tested positive for Zika.

- Sept. 9, 2016: One mosquito sample from a small area in Miami Beach tested positive for Zika.

- Sept. 1, 2016: Three mosquito samples from a small area in Miami Beach tested positive for Zika.


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