Governor: 4 Zika cases likely came from Florida mosquitoes

Gov. Rick Scott says health officials believe the infections occurred in a small area just north of downtown Miami

This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host.
Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s governor says the state likely has the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland.

Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for Zika. But he says one woman and three men in Miami-Dade and Broward counties likely contracted the virus through mosquito bites.

More than 1,650 Zika infections have been reported in the U.S., but the four patients in Florida would be the first not linked to travel outside the U.S. mainland.

Scott says health officials believe the infections occurred in a small area just north of downtown Miami.

Zika primarily spreads through bites from tropical mosquitoes. In most people, the virus causes only mild illness, but infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects for the fetus.

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