Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Florida finds Zika in trapped mosquitoes, confirming the virus is being spread by the insects

Florida finds Zika in trapped mosquitoes, confirming the virus is being spread by the insects

Authorities in Florida have found the Zika virus in mosquitoes in Miami Beach, confirming what they had suspected: The virus that can cause devastating birth defects is being spread by the insects.

The three mosquitoes that tested positive for Zika were trapped in a 1.5-square-mile area that had already been identified as a source of infection, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Thursday.

“This find is disappointing, but not surprising,” Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam said in a statement. “Florida is among the best in the nation when it comes to mosquito surveillance and control, and this detection enables...

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