Eighth Pool Of Mosquitoes Test Positive For Zika In Miami Beach

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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — A new pool of mosquitoes have tested positive for the Zika virus in Miami Beach.

Miami-Dade Mosquito Control officials confirmed the find on Tuesday. The pool was retrieved back on October 5th from a trap located at 1236 Drexel Avenue which is within the Zika transmission zone.

Officials said residents at the location of the trap were made aware of the find. Mosquito control has inspected and treated the 1/8 mile area surrounding the property.

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Two additional mosquito samples collected from the same site have tested negative since the find,  according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Tuesday’s announcement comes after Mosquito Control found a new batch of mosquitoes had the virus in Miami Beach earlier this month. The mosquitoes came from a trap located at 1810 Jefferson Avenue on September 23rd. At last check, the results for that trap needed to be confirmed by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Related: Rep. Wilson: Liberty City Not Getting Enough Attention In Zika Fight

So far, there have been eight pools of mosquitoes that have tested positive for Zika on Miami Beach since the first discovery back on September 1st.

Mosquito Control says they are still aggressively trying to break the cycle of local transmission. This includes a program to reduce and eliminate mosquito breeding and adult mosquitoes in the entire zone of transmission on Miami Beach.

Truck spray treatments using Bti larvicide and adulticide are being performed weekly in the areas with local transmission. Treatments are also being conducted in conjunction with property inspections.

Miami-Dade officials say, to date, more than 19,000 inspections have occurred on Miami Beach with more than 1,000 in Little River.

Related: Drones, Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes & Sandals May Be Next Step In Zika Fight

As of Tuesday, there were 163 non-travel related Zika infections in Florida and 744 travel-related cases. About 109 cases involved pregnant women.

Miami-Dade residents who wish to report a mosquito nuisance should call 311.

So far, the local transmission zones in Miami-Dade County are the following:

  • Miami Beach Area – 28th Street to the north, 8th Street to the south, intercoastal water to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
  • Miami Area – NW 79th St. to the North, NW 63rd St. to the South, NW 10th Ave. to the West and N. Miami Ave. to the East.

Click here for more information on the Zika virus or here for more Zika-related stories.

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