Mosquitoes Eyed In Zika Spread

Mosquitoes Eyed In Zika Spread

(NBC News) It’s likely that the first local outbreak of the Zika virus in the US is happening right now in a small area of south Florida.

One woman and three men have been infected with the virus north of Miami, and never traveled where Zika has been actively spreading.

Florida Governor Rick Scott says the cases are likely the result of local mosquitoes.

Scientists are trapping and testing mosquitoes around the patients’ homes in search of the virus.

“While no mosquito traps have tested positive for the Zika virus, the Department of Health is aggressively testing people in the affected area,” Gov. Scott says.

Doctors do not expect large outbreaks in the US, but do predict there will be more “homegrown” cases.

The mosquitoes responsible for spreading Zika can breed in very small bodies of water, even bottle caps, so health officials say it’s important to clear out any standing water and also to invest in a good bug spray.

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