In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
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Florida authorities Friday reported what is believed to be the first evidence of local Zika transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause rare but serious birth defects.While health officials have yet to identify mosquitoes carrying the virus, the state has ruled out other means of transmission, including travel to another country with a Zika outbreak, and sexual contact.The local health department is searching for other potential infections, with more than 2,300 people tested so far in the state, is ramping up mosquito control programs and is distributing Zika protection kits to pregnant women at their doctors' offices, Florida officials said.The agency has recommended that pregnant women not travel to other countries where Zika is active.Brazil has confirmed over 1,600 cases of microcephaly linked to Zika infection in pregnant women.Puerto Rico is grappling with a Zika outbreak, with more than 4,600 cases of local transmission.
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