Florida Officially Becomes Ground Zero For Zika Virus

South Florida mayors urge Congress for more funding to fight Zika virus.
South Florida mayors urge Congress for more funding to fight Zika virus.

Two Miami mayors met with Florida legislators in Washington D.C. to urge Congress for more funds to fight the Zika virus.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine are asking Florida legislators from both parties to take the Zika fight seriously.

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said during a press conference told reporters in Washington that the Zika virus is “both an economic and public health threat” in Florida. Curbelo is urging Congress to pass a Zika bill to fund long-term response efforts.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has authorized $36 million to be spent on fighting Zika. Most of the funding has already been spent in Miami-Dade County.

By the end of the month, about $10 million will have been spent by the end of the month to fight the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County.

The Wynwood neighborhood had a serious problem with the spread of the Zika virus, but the threat in Miami Beach has nearly tripled in size. The Zika zone in Wynwood was lifted Monday, proving that efforts to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne virus is working.

About 850 Florida residents have been infected with the Zika virus. The number of those infected include 89 non-travel-related cases and 90 cases involving women who are pregnant in the state.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
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