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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.
Brewer SABMiller's board on Friday accepted a final takeover offer from rival Anheuser-Busch InBev, the company said in a statement, heralding what will be one of the world's biggest ever takeovers. The Belgium-based AB InBev had raised its cash offer to 45 pounds per share from 44 pounds, in a revised proposal tabled after the value of the pound slumped following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. SABMiller Chairman Jan du Plessis said the decision had been difficult.