Zika virus confirmed in US mosquitos

Authorities have detected Zika in mosquitos in Miami Beach, the first time the insects have been found carrying the virus in the United States.

"These findings are very disappointing, but not surprising," the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a statement released on Thursday.

Officials had already suspected that the virus was being spread by mosquitos locally following a recent outbreak of the virus in Miami.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned pregnant women against travelling to Miami as the virus can cause birth defects.

Last week the US Food and Drug Administration also instructed blood banks across the country to screen donated blood for Zika.

Last update: Fri, 02/09/2016 - 10:07

More from World

EU-Canada summit gets green light despite trade deal setback

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Brussels for an EU-Canada summit despite resistance in the...

Nine shot dead in Central African Republic during protests

Nine people were shot dead in the volatile Central African Republic on Monday, hospital sources said, as hundreds of...

Kurds fend off Islamic State attacks as Baghdad-Ankara spat continues

Kurdish forces on Monday said they fended off two attacks by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq as Turkish and...

One killed, 100 injured in South Africa train collision

One person was killed and about 100 injured Monday when two passenger trains collided head-on in South Africa, the...

Clowns worry about their image following wave of scary clown attacks

German circus owners have joined the nation's clowns in expressing alarm about the damage to the image of clowns...