- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Zika mosquitoes in Miami Beach (all times local):

7 p.m.

Officials say additional mosquitoes have tested positive for Zika in Miami Beach.

Florida’s agriculture department said Friday that one more batch from the area had tested positive. State officials say in a news release that an additional 2,900 batches of more than a dozen insects each have tested negative for the virus statewide.

Aerial insecticide spraying to combat mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus is underway in Miami Beach. A plane carrying the insecticide naled released the spray over the Atlantic Ocean before dawn Friday.

The Miami Herald (https://hrld.us/2cL57UF ) quotes Miami-Dade County officials as saying that on-board meteorological equipment was used to measure weather conditions and calculate a flight pattern that would allow the wind to carry the spray over the island.

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Noon:

Aerial insecticide spraying to combat mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus is underway in Miami Beach.

A plane carrying the insecticide naled released the spray over the Atlantic Ocean before dawn Friday.

The Miami Herald (https://hrld.us/2cL57UF ) quotes Miami-Dade County officials as saying that on-board meteorological equipment was used to measure weather conditions and calculate a flight pattern that would allow the wind to carry the spray over the island.

The next round is scheduled for 6 a.m. Sunday.

Some residents opposed spraying, citing the potential for harmful effects. But county officials say the low concentration of naled won’t harm them.

Aerial spraying targets adult mosquitoes; different pesticides for larvae will be sprayed on the ground.

Of Florida’s 56 non-travel-related Zika cases, 11 are associated with Miami Beach.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com


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