CDC, Florida probing possible Zika case from Miami mosquito
Posted: 10:15 AM, Jul 20, 2016
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<p>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. Alabama public health officials are working to get a better understanding of what resources are available for vector control efforts amid rising concerns over the Zika virus. Alabama Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Andy Mullins says the state is awaiting the results of an assessment to determine what kinds of mosquito control resources are available at the city and county level. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)</p>
MIAMI (AP) — The CDC is working with Florida health officials to investigate what could be the first Zika infection from a mosquito in the continental United States.
They say lab tests confirm a person in the Miami area is infected with the Zika virus, and there may not be any connection to someone traveling outside the country.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says none of the more than 1,300 Zika infections in the United States to date were from local mosquitoes. Fourteen were sexually transmitted and one involved laboratory exposure.
Mosquito control inspectors were at work in Miami-Dade County on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Gayle Love said they've been going door-to-door since health authorities alerted them late last week, spraying to kill mosquitoes and emptying any containers holding water.
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