Florida officials confirmed on Thursday that mosquitoes samples collected from Miami Beach had tested positive for Zika virus.
Three samples that came from a 1.5-square-mile area in Miami Beach were tested positive. Officials had set up traps to investigate cases of local transmission of the virus.
In a news release, Adam Putnam, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture, said the finding was disappointing, but not surprising.
“Florida is among the best in the nation when it comes to mosquito surveillance and control, and this detection enables us to continue to effectively target our resources. Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Beach, and state and federal partners will continue to work aggressively to prevent the spread of Zika, ” the release added.
The press release also added that 95 additional samples had been submitted by Miami-Dade County after the date of positive submission, and the mosquitoes tested negative for Zika.
“Miami Beach will continue to take a hardline in our fight against Zika,” Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said in the press release. “We are aggressively working to eliminate any and all potential mosquito breeding grounds. We are also working closely with our partners at the state and the county level to ensure all resources are effectively deployed.”
He said:”Together we can contain and eliminate all cases of Zika.”
“We need Congress to do its part to provide the necessary emergency resources to properly combat the spread of this virus, ” stated Levine.