In a first, mosquitoes test positive for Zika in Florida

by Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times  |  published on September 2, 2016


Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been caught in Miami Beach, Florida officials said Thursday.

The discovery, while expected, is a first for the continental U.S.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said it detected the virus in three samples along the popular tourist hub, which is one of two neighborhoods around Miami where officials believe Zika is actively spreading.

“That’s not a surprise, but it is confirmation of what is happening there,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said his state had tested more than 42,000 mosquitoes before the beach-area bugs came back positive. He promised to ramp up mosquito control in the area, including aerial spraying by helicopter, once the weather is favorable.

  • Glenn HENDRIKSEN

    … WHAT would you have expected coming up from South ameriKa you “dumbASS” naive/IGNORANT KNOW NOTHIN’ society of ameriKans ?!@#$%$#@!?! hope this ‘inflicts’ a “BLACK PLAGUE” on sorts on North ameriKa living in your confined (fishbowl) of a ‘repugnant’ nation in today’s world ……. blame it on that idiotic YOUNG/DUMB Olympic “fool” who escaped justice in RIO …… LOL !

  • elda

    How long have tests for Zika been done in Florida? If this is the first test how do they know it has not been here for 10 years? How do they know it has not been here for 100 years? Most people that get it don’t even know they have had it. There is a cover up here.

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  • Blue 3

    Ought to be telling everyone to stay the hell away from there, but won’t. Hate to effect tourism for safety sake.

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