More mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus found

Aedes aegypti mosquito
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. India has reported three cases of the Zika virus for the first time, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies. The World Health Organization said in a statement released Friday that the three cases that India reported to the WHO on May 15 were detected through routine blood surveillance in a hospital in Ahmadabad, Gujarat's capital. Two cases were detected in February and November last year, while a third case was detected in January this year. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus have been found in New Mexico’s Otero and Hidalgo counties.

New Mexico Department of Health officials say there have not been any identified human cases of Zika virus in either county to date.

Ten cases of Zika virus disease were reported in New Mexico last year.

Aedes mosquitoes previously have been trapped and identified in eight counties around New Mexico.

Zika virus can be transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

The mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus.

Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.