Mosquitoes in Florida now spreading Zika virus, health officials warn | Science News

ADVERTISEMENT

SUPPORT SCIENCE NEWS

Science News is a nonprofit.

Help us keep you informed.


News in Brief

Mosquitoes in Florida now spreading Zika virus, health officials warn

10 more cases of locally acquired virus confirmed

By
3:21pm, July 29, 2016

ZIKA ZONE  A one-square-mile area north of Miami (outlined in red) may be harboring mosquitoes that are transmitting the Zika virus. 

Mosquitoes now appear to be transmitting Zika virus in the continental United States. On July 29, health officials announced four cases of Zika infection in Miami that were most likely acquired via the bite of local mosquitoes. On August 1, Florida reported 10 more cases in the city.

No mosquitoes in the state have yet tested positive for Zika, but officials suspect Aedes aegypti is to blame. Florida has been spraying insecticides daily, but experts are still seeing new larval mosquitoes and “moderately high” counts of A. aegypti. Miami’s mosquitoes may be resistant to the insecticides or holed up in hard-to-find breeding

This article is only available to Science News subscribers. Already a subscriber? Log in now. Or subscribe today for full access.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News

From the Nature Index Paid Content