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FILE - 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. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is behind the large outbreaks of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. On Friday, July 29, 2016, Florida said four Zika infections in the Miami area are likely the first caused by mosquito bites in the continental U.S. All previous U.S. cases have been linked to outbreak countries. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

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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