Acting on Florida’s exposure to the Zika virus, Gov. Rick Scott recently declared that he will travel Washington, D.C. Sept. 6 to address members of Congress and obtain funding to battle the tropical mosquito-borne disease.
“Since Congress decided to go on a seven-week vacation, the state of Florida has been hard at work combating the Zika virus,” Gov. Scott said. “I will meet with members of Congress on the day they return to work to make sure they immediately get something done on this urgent issue.”
With the state having identified 43 additional locally acquired cases of the malady while Congress was out of session over the summer, Gov. Scott authorized over $26 million in emergency funds for prevention and response.
“The health and safety of Florida’s families cannot be overshadowed by partisan politics … and I expect the President to work with his federal agencies and Congress to fully fulfill these requests quickly,” Gov. Scott said.
He pledged to work with the Obama administration to address Florida’s needs, confirming that he would also work with the Florida Legislature “to do what is best for Florida’s families [and] expect the President and Congress to do the same.”
Florida’s Department of Health reiterated its belief that active transmission is limited to a small area in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County, stating that it will continue to provide updates. Residents can call the Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735.