Florida officials confirmed a new first — mosquitoes in Miami tested positive for Zika virus, according to The New York Times.
Here are four key takeaways:
1. Of the tested Aedes aegypti mosquito samples, three samples tested positive for Zika. The three samples came from a 1.5-square-mile area in Miami where officials have already confirmed cases of locally acquired Zika.
2. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has tested more than 2,470 mosquito samples since May. The three samples were the first to test positive for Zika.
3. NYT reports Florida is the only state in the continental United States where the virus is actively circulating. However, the virus is spreading.
4. Scott Weaver, PhD, director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said the number of cases per week is not changing significantly. Dr. Weaver told NYT, "The good news is the weekly number of new cases isn't changing much. If we were seeing at first five cases a week, then 10, then 20 and then 100, we'd be very concerned."
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