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Genetically modified mosquito trial in Keys could begin this year, company scientist says

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A British company could begin releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys sometime this year, a scientist with the company said this week. Simon Warner, the chief scientist at Oxitec, said the company is hopeful it can begin its genetically modified mosquito trial in Monroe County this year. The trial, which has been in the works for years, will mark the company’s first trial in the United States. But Warner said the company has also been in discussions with…

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Keys plan field trial for bacteria-infected mosquitoes

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Officials plan to release lab-reared, bacteria-infected mosquitoes in the Florida Keys in March. The Citizen reports that the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and the privately owned, Kentucky-based company MosquitoMate are still reviewing locations for the field trial of Wolbachia-treated Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. MosquitoMate founder Stephen Dobson says the Wolbachia inhibits the mosquitoes’ ability to breed. In the field trial, male mosquitoes would be released to pass on the bacteria to wild female mosquitoes during mating. The district has been…

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Zika test urged for pregnant women throughout Miami-Dade

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The government on Wednesday recommended Zika testing for all pregnant women who recently spent time anywhere in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. The county is the only area in the continental U.S. where mosquitoes have been spreading the virus since the summer. Testing is recommended for pregnant women who lived in — or visited — Miami-Dade since August 1, whether or not they have symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously urged testing for pregnant women who had been…

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State health department says Pinellas has two new travel-related Zika cases

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State health officials say there are eight new travel-related cases of Zika in Florida as of Tuesday. Of those, two are in Pinellas, four in Broward, one in St. Lucie and one involving a pregnant woman, according to the Florida Department of Health’s daily zika update. There is also one new non-travel related case linked to Miami-Dade County. The department is to investigating where exposure occurred. Those cases bring the total number of Florida Zika cases to 1,002. The majority…

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Still more Miami-Dade mosquitoes test positive for Zika

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Yet another batch of mosquitoes in Miami Beach has tested positive for the Zika virus. The results were in the same location “where five other samples had previously tested positive,” the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Saturday. The latest positive sample of Aedes aeqypti mosquitoes was from a trap located on West 49th Street in Miami Beach, according to a news release. The county’s Mosquito Control team “will continue to conduct inspections to reduce mosquito breeding and perform spray treatments as…

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Rick Scott to put $25M toward developing Zika vaccine

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Gov. Rick Scott, lamenting federal inaction on the Zika virus, has earmarked $25 million in state money for vaccine research. “I have traveled multiple times to Washington this year to meet with congressional leaders to tell them how urgent this need is. Yet, despite endless claims of support from those within both parties, nothing has been done,” Scott said in a written statement. “Every minute that passes that Congress doesn’t approve funding means more time is lost from researching this virus.…

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Pinellas officials say they are combatting mosquitoes, Zika

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced a new case of Zika in Pinellas, bringing the total cases in the county to 10. The nine cases that had already been identified as of Monday by the Department of Health were all travel-related. The 10th was not. It was locally transmitted, meaning that mosquitoes in the area are infected with the virus. Zika disease is caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito,…

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