Miami Beach mosquitoes keep testing positive for Zika as local cases continue to rise

On Saturday, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed a mosquito sample taken from a trap located at 575 W. 49th Street in Miami Beach tested positive for Zika. This is the sixth Zika-positive mosquito sample found in this small area of Miami Beach.

The department has tested nearly 4,000 samples, consisting of 64,000 mosquitoes since May. To date, the six samples in Miami Beach are the only such samples to test positive for Zika.

"Miami-Dade County's Mosquito Control team will continue to conduct inspections to reduce mosquito breeding and perform spray treatments as necessary in a 200-yard radius around the trap location," said the department in a release. "Floridians can help prevent the spread of Zika by eliminating mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water around their homes, businesses and communities."

As of Friday, the Florida Department of Health has reported a total of 948 Zika infections in the state, including 124 locally acquired cases up from 119 reported Thursday. According to the DOH, 97 pregnant women have contracted Zika in the state of Florida.

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