Four cases of Zika virus in Florida are likely the first to be transmitted locally by mosquitoes in the United States, officials said Friday, marking a new phase in the fast-growing pandemic. Until now, more than 1,600 cases of Zika -- which can cause birth defects -- have been recorded in the mainland United States but most were brought in by people who had become infected while traveling, with a smaller number transmitted by sexual contact. In the past two weeks, investigators have determined "a high likelihood exists" that four suspected non-travel cases in Miami-Dade and Broward County "are the result of local transmission," said the Florida Department of Health in a statement.
MIAMI (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, Florida officials said Friday in a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said Friday that he won't step aside but will add a special prosecutor to his team as he decides whether to charge a police officer in the fatal shooting of a black motorist, whose case gained national attention after the shooting's gruesome aftermath was broadcast live online.