Florida officials: No Zika found in mosquito samples so far

Posted at 6:25 AM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 06:25:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida agriculture officials say no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for the Zika virus so far this year.

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According to a statement from the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, nearly 90,000 individual mosquitoes have been tested for the virus linked to severe birth defects. None of the mosquitoes from more than 6,500 samples have tested positive for the presence of Zika so far in 2017.

Agriculture officials recently hosted workshops around the state for local officials to discuss mosquito surveillance and control measures.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said that as summer begins, it's important that Florida communities have the resources they need for their Zika response efforts.