Miami-Dade County to release Zika-positive trap locations

Posted at 9:53 AM, Sep 28, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami-Dade County officials say they're planning to release the locations of mosquito traps that captured Zika-positive insects in Miami Beach.

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Michael Hernandez, a spokesman for Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, told the Miami Herald they'll be naming the locations Wednesday morning.

County officials made the announcement Tuesday evening after Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Surgeon General Celeste Philip agreed that Miami-Dade can release the trap locations. Earlier that day, Gimenez sent a letter to the state Health Department saying he would release the locations unless state health officials prohibited the action in writing by Wednesday afternoon.

But both the state and county had previously refused to disclose the locations, arguing the records were exempt from public records law because they were part of an epidemiological investigation.