New Pool Of Miami Beach Mosquitoes Test Positive For Zika

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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — A new batch of Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been detected in the same small area of Miami Beach where five other samples had previously tested positive.

“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 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Saturday.

The positive sample came from a trap located at 575 W. 49th Street.

Out of the nearly 4,000 mosquito samples tested since May, consisting of nearly 64,000 mosquitoes, these six samples are the only ones to test positive, the agency said.

Scientists tested the latest sample at the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Kissimmee.

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

  • 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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