Florida finds Zika virus in trapped mosquitoes, a first for the continental US

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. A New Jersey doctor said a woman from Honduras with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby on May 31, 2016, that appears to be affected by the disease, which is spread primarily through mosquito bites and can also be transmitted through sex. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Authorities in Florida have found the Zika virus in trapped mosquitoes, the first time this has happened in the continental US.

Officials say 3 mosquitoes from Miami Beach have tested positive. The state agricultural commissioner calls the development disappointing, but not surprising.

The number of non-travel-related Zika infections has grown to 47 in Miami-Dade County since the first case was identified just over a month ago, but mosquito controllers had not been able to find any bugs with the virus.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said 95 more trapped mosquitoes have tested negative since those three were found. Intensive trapping and testing continues.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s