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More Miami-Dade mosquitoes test positive for Zika

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More mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been found in the Miami Beach area. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Friday it detected Zika in one mosquito sample from a small area in Miami Beach. The mosquito sample was located in the same area where four other samples tested positive for Zika. Miami-Dade County submitted 375 additional mosquito samples since the first positive mosquito poll was discovered. Those 375 mosquito samples tested negative for Zika. According to…

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Richard Corcoran, Janet Cruz join forces to call on federal government to allow state to use self-limiting mosquitoes to combat Zika

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Members of the Florida House are joining together to ask the federal government to allow the state to use genetically modified mosquitoes to combat the spread of Zika. House Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran on Monday told members he planned to ask the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare a public health emergency and grant an emergency use authorization to make the technology immediately available. House Minority Leader Janet Cruz joined Corcoran in making the request, and both…

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Pinellas slated for extra money to fight Zika

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Pinellas County Mosquito Control will receive a bit more than $106,000 in supplemental state funds for the month of August to combat the spread of the Zika virus. The funds are part of Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order that allocated $26.2 million in state funds for Zika preparedness, prevention and response in Florida. Each month, the risk across the state will be re-evaluated and funds may be reallocated. The funding award comes as Pinellas County Mosquito Control continues to aggressively…

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Scammers, bug spray companies capitalizing on Zika fears

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Worried you might catch the Zika virus? Scammers and bug spray companies are counting on it. Marketers know this is the time to pounce: The Summer Olympics are about to start in Brazil, where the recent Zika epidemic started, and 14 mosquito-borne cases of Zika were identified recently in the Miami area, the first in the U.S. So companies and entrepreneurs are capitalizing on Zika fears wherever mosquitoes buzz, hawking questionable products like anti-Zika wristbands and promoting all manner of…

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Rick Scott: 10 more cases of locally transmitted Zika in Florida

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Ten more people are believed to have contracted the Zika virus through a mosquito bite, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a travel warning for the affected area. On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the Department of Health identified 10 more people who contracted the virus locally. The governor said the state health department still believes the transmissions are occurring in one part of Miami, but warned women who are pregnant — or are thinking of…

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Most organic mosquito spray doesn’t cut it

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It’s that time of year. You know, that time where you can’t walk outside for three seconds without getting swarmed by blood- thirsty mosquitoes and your kids’ legs start to resemble chicken pox permanence. With the plague of biting insects among us in muggy Florida, it brings up an important question. Do I cover myself and my family with harsh chemicals or do I risk getting a) bit to all hell and b) contracting some pretty nasty viruses that are now…

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