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Palm Beach County Mosquito Control trapping mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus for further testing

Palm Beach County Mosquito Control trapping mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus for further testing

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Mosquito traps are set throughout Palm Beach County to catch the specific mosquito that can carry the Zika virus.RELATED: More Zika coverageThirty-eight mosquitoes were caught overnight in a downtown Lake Worth trap.To the naked eye, they look like regular mosquitoes.

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OneBlood to begin testing for Zika virus

OneBlood to begin testing for Zika virus

OneBlood will start testing donated blood for the Zika virus effective August 1, 2016.“With approval to begin using the investigational test granted, our immediate plan is to begin testing a portion of our collections for the Zika virus to allow hospitals to have access to Zika-screened blood products from unaffected areas to use with their high risk patients, such as pregnant women,” said Dr. Rita Reik, OneBlood’s Chief Medical Officer.“Hospitals that want Zika-screened products will request what they need on an on-demand basis.

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Obama calls Florida governor on Zika virus – WLTZ 38

Obama calls Florida governor on Zika virus - WLTZ 38

(CNN) – President Obama is offering federal support to Florida as it investigates a possible Zika virus outbreak.Obama made the offer in a phone call Wednesday to Florida Governor Rick Scott.State health officials are in Miami-Dade County, checking out what could be the first locally-transmitted case of the Zika virus.

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Florida mosquitoes being tested for Zika after woman contracted the virus WITHOUT traveling

Florida mosquitoes being tested for Zika after woman contracted the virus WITHOUT traveling

Florida health officials have trapped mosquitoes to test them for Zika.It comes a day after a woman was diagnosed with the virus in Miami despite not traveling abroad.Officials fear this case could be the first to come directly from a mosquito bite in the continental United States.

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