Miami-Dade County mayor returns from Zika virus trip to CDC – Local 10

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MIAMI – Local 10 News spoke to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez after he returned Monday from a trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Gimenez was there to discuss the Zika virus and “new methods to control mosquitoes” in South Florida. Gimenez said it “involves mosquitoes and the things they put on mosquitoes to lower the population.”

The mayor was talking about Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes. Wolbachia is a bacterium that studies show could help stop the spread of viruses.

“(They) disrupt the reproductive cycle, and also the transmission of disease cycle,” the mayor said.

Gimenez said the county wants to focus on mosquito-control efforts in the cooler, drier offseason. He also said the possibility of using genetically modified male mosquitoes to stop female mosquitoes…

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