Zika virus confirmed in US mosquitos

Authorities have detected Zika in mosquitos in Miami Beach, the first time the insects have been found carrying the virus in the United States.

"These findings are very disappointing, but not surprising," the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a statement released on Thursday.

Officials had already suspected that the virus was being spread by mosquitos locally following a recent outbreak of the virus in Miami.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned pregnant women against travelling to Miami as the virus can cause birth defects.

Last week the US Food and Drug Administration also instructed blood banks across the country to screen donated blood for Zika.

Last update: Fri, 02/09/2016 - 10:07
Author: 

More from World

Taiwan says China's bid to block it from Trump bash "narrow-minded"

Donald Trump's inauguration as US president has increased tensions between Taiwan and China, with Beijing trying to...

Erdogan: 43,000 arrested in six months over failed coup attempt

Turkey has arrested 43,000 people in the last six months over links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Turkish...

Syria's al-Assad hopes Astana talks conducive to dialogue with rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he hopes that peace talks planned next week in Astana will set the scene...

Erdogan's presidential system will be a 'sultanate,' top jurist warns

The new constitution that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working to pass in Turkey would effectively turn the...

2016 deadliest for journalists in Afghanistan, says watchdog

With 13 killed, 2016 was the deadliest year for journalists "in the history of Afghanistan's media," the Afghanistan...