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New pool of mosquitoes in Miami Beach tests positive for Zika virus

Pool taken from trap within Zika zone, officials say

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A new pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for the Zika virus in Miami Beach, preliminary tests show.

Miami-Dade County officials said the pool of mosquitoes was retrieved Sept. 23 from a trap at 1810 Jefferson Ave., which is within the Zika zone where locally acquired transmissions have been reported.

Testing was conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Officials said a person who lives in the area where the trap was set up has been notified, and the 1/8-mile area surrounding the property has been treated to kill off mosquitoes.

Residents in Miami-Dade County are asked 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 want to report a mosquito nuisance can call 311 or download the 311 app


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