Pool of mosquitoes test positive for Zika, preliminary report shows

Results must be confirmed by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A pool of mosquitoes outside a Miami Beach home has tested positive for Zika, the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division reports. 

The division notes that the results are from a preliminary test that must be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If confirmed, this would be the sixth pool, or batch, of mosquitoes that have tested positive for Zika in Miami Beach. 

The test was conducted with a  trap located at 575 W 49th St. on Miami Beach on Sept. 20 by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The homeowner has been informed about the trap.

 Inspections and treatment took place in the 1/8-miles area around the properly, according to officials. The location of the mosquitoes is within the expanded zone of transmission as designated by the state.

"Miami-Dade has seen false positives on tested traps in the past," according to a media release from the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division.

Two subsequent test results received from this location have been negative, according to authorities. 

"Miami-Dade Mosquito Control continues to conduct an aggressive program to reduce and eliminate mosquito breeding and adult mosquitoes in the entire zone of transmission on Miami Beach," a media release said. "Residents are reminded to do their part to help reduce mosquitoes and the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by draining standing water on their properties and wearing repellent when they go outdoors." 

Miami-Dade residents who wish to report a mosquito nuisance should call 311, or download the 311 app.