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  1. First victim of local Zika infection is Tampa fire­fighter living in Pinellas

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    TAMPA — The single victim of a locally transmitted Zika virus infection in the Tampa Bay area is a firefighter with Tampa Fire Rescue who lives in Pinellas County, an agency spokesman said today.
    At the Pinellas County Mosquito Control laboratory, researchers have been studying the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that can carry the Zika virus. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  2. Richard Corcoran, Janet Cruz join forces to demand federal action on Zika

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    The incoming Republican and Democrat leaders of the Florida House are teaming up to demand that the federal government grant persmission to use genetically modified mosquitoes in an effort to curb the spread of Zika.
  3. The location of Pinellas County's first local Zika case is a secret. Good idea or bad?

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    Maps issued by the Florida Department of Health pinpoint right down to street level where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus in South Florida.
    This 2016 digitally-colorized electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Zika virus, in red, about 40 nanometers in diameter. Officials announced Pinellas County's first locally transmitted case of Zika on Aug. 23, but haven't said where the infected person was found. [CDC photo via AP]
  4. Busch Gardens, Orlando theme parks give free bug spray to ease Zika worries (w/video)

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    Days after Gov. Rick Scott confirmed the first locally-transmitted case of Zika virus in Tampa Bay, Busch
  5. Mylan launching cheaper, generic version of its EpiPen

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    Mylan will start selling a cheaper version of its EpiPen after absorbing waves of criticism over a list price for the emergency allergy treatment that has grown to $608 for a two-pack, making it unaffordable for many patients without insurance or with high-deductible coverage.
    A Sacramento, Calif., pharmacist holds a package of EpiPens epinephrine autoinjector, a Mylan product. Mylan said it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine. [Associated Press]
  6. What scientists know — or mostly don't know — about the Zika virus

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    For nearly 70 years, scientists have known of the existence of an obscure mosquito-borne virus that has gradually spread from its birthplace in Africa to the Indian subcontinent, East Asia and even some far-flung islands in the Pacific.
    Carlos Varas, a Miami-Dade County mosquito control inspector, looks for mosquito larva Aug. 24 in a sample of water taken from standing water before using a pesticide to eradicate the larva on a property in a Miami Beach neighborhood as the county fights to control the Zika virus outbreak. [Joe Raedle | Getty Images]
  7. Busch Gardens, Disney parks offer mosquito repellent amid Zika fears

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    Days after Gov. Rick Scott confirmed the first locally-transmitted case of Zika virus in Tampa Bay, Busch
    Busch Gardens has insect repellent available for all visitors at the Tampa theme park. [Times files]
  8. All donated blood in U.S. will be tested for Zika

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    The Food and Drug Administration on Friday took steps to safeguard the nation's blood supply from the Zika virus, calling for all blood banks to screen donations for the infection even if they are in states where the virus is not circulating.
  9. Need to see a doctor? There's an app for that

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    Dr. Sherri DeHaas makes house calls without ever leaving her house.
    Dr. Sherri DeHaas appears on an iPad talking with Tampa Bay Times reporter Sara DiNatale, right, via the new Virtual Care app being offered by Tampa General Hospital. DeHaas, who works in Vermont, is one of the doctors available for virtual house calls via the new telemedicine tool, which can be used with computers, tablets and smartphones. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  10. Local leaders request permission to use genetically modified mosquitoes in Pinellas County

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    Elected leaders from the Tampa Bay area are calling on the federal government to allow them to use genetically modified mosquitoes to fight the spread of Zika in Pinellas County.
    This photo made available by Oxitec shows a genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquito in their U.K. lab. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the mosquitoes for a trial in Key West, saying it would have no significant impact on the environment. Modified male mosquitoes mate with the natural population of female mosquitoes and pass on a "death gene" that kills their offspring. Oxitec has used its technology to reduce the Aedes aegypti mosquito population by 90 to 99 percent in parts of Latin America. Key West residents, skeptical of the science, have held up the trial. Without an emergency use order, the technology cannot be used in any other city until that trial is completed. [Oxitec via AP]