Florida finds Zika in trapped mosquitoes, 1st in US mainland

Frieden's warning comes as three new Zika cases were announced in Miami-Dade County Tuesday and the state is attempting to determine where two of the infections occurred while the third is in Miami Beach, where the virus is already circulating. Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in most of Florida's 67 counties ahead of the first hurricane to strike the state in more than a decade.

"The money that's running out is the tide-over money we have taken from other (priorities)", Burwell told reporters.

Now that Zika-positive mosquitoes have been identified in surveillance traps in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County's Mosquito Control team will continue to conduct inspections to reduce mosquito breeding and perform spray treatments as necessary in a 1/8-mile radius around the trap location, officials said.

The Zika virus is on a rampage in Singapore, with 115 locally-transmitted cases - including the first pregnant woman - confirmed late Wednesday by the country's Ministry of Health (MOH), CNN reported. He added that states are also struggling with emergency preparedness funding for Zika. According a national poll released Thursday, 48 percent of 1,211 adults surveyed said they would not feel comfortable traveling to places in the USA where people have been infected with Zika by mosquitoes, like Florida.

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Miami Beach officials have known since last week that mosquito counts were high in three areas of the city after the Florida Department of Health notified them of their findings and their plans to test in those areas.

Other isolated cases not linked to travel outside the USA have been confirmed elsewhere in Miami-Dade county, as well as in neighboring counties and in the Tampa Bay area, totaling 47 for the state, the FDACS said. "It's not just a Florida issue".

In Washington, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressed frustration that Congress hasn't acted. That stopgap funding will run out at the end of the month, she warned. "What we need is a bipartisan agreement".

The World Health Organization in February said Zika, and its possible link to birth defects, was a public health emergency of global concern.

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USA health officials on Friday reported the first case of Zika spread through sex by a man with no symptoms of the disease. In the other 21 US cases of sexual transmission, the virus was spread by someone who at some point had symptoms.

"In the 1.5-square-mile area of Miami Beach where locally-acquired cases of Zika were confirmed, Miami-Dade County's Mosquito Control team conducted almost 2,000 proactive inspections, abatement and treatment of mosquito breeding and adult mosquito activity, and three truck sprayings throughout the area, and in an additional extended area", he said. Burwell said any Zika bill has to make special provision for Puerto Rico, which has been most severely affected.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said Thursday that the city would "continue to take a hardline" in the fight against Zika.

Chi Wei Ming, part of a team of doctors that raised the first alarm over the spread of Zika in Singapore on August 22, according to local media reports, wrote Wednesday on his Facebook page that it was two weeks before Zika virus was identified among a growing list of patients who had tested negative for other illnesses.

"We are aggressively working to eliminate any and all potential mosquito breeding grounds", he said.

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