By Mike Stobbe
AP Medical Writer 

Zika hit Florida months before infections found, study says


NEW YORK (AP) — New research suggests Zika began spreading in Florida mosquitoes about three months before infections were detected in the Miami area last summer.

The researchers also found the virus likely was carried in by travelers from the Caribbean.

They say mosquitoes started picking up the virus from infected travelers as early as March. It wasn't until July that Florida health officials said they had detected a local infection — the first in the U.S. mainland.

The research comes from scientists who examined genetic information from people and mosquitoes. The findings were releas...

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