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Mosquitoes test positive for Zika virus in Miami Beach

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Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been found in Miami Beach, Florida authorities said Thursday, the first time this has happened in the continental U.S.

"This is the first time we have found a Zika virus positive mosquito pool in the continental United States," said Erin Sykes, a CDC spokeswoman.

The Zika-carrying mosquitoes were trapped in a touristy 1.5-square-mile area of Miami Beach.

The area has been identified as an active zone of active transmission of the virus, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a news release.

The Zika virus can cause birth defects in unborn babies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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