- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials say the state lab will begin testing mosquitoes for the Zika virus.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that the Department of General Services’ Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services will start testing mosquitoes in certain areas to determine whether the Zika virus is present in parts of the state.

The lab has been testing human for the Zika virus since April. As of July 7, there were 33 cases of the Zika virus reported in Virginia. All cases have been linked to overseas travel.

The lab sent collection kits to areas in central and southeastern Virginia last week to gather mosquitoes for testing. It says it will perform tests on up to 1,200 pools of mosquitoes.

Zika can spread through bites of an infected mosquito and sexual intercourse.

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