Rick Scott on Zika

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I am proud to announce that the remaining Miami Beach area has been cleared of any ongoing active transmission of the Zika virus. This means that Florida does not have any identified areas with active Zika transmission, which is incredible news for the Miami Beach community and our entire state.feedback
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Dec 09 2016
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… It is incredibly important that everyone does their part to combat the Zika virus by dumping standing water, no matter how small. Any amount of standing water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.feedback

I have directed DOH to aggressively expand testing and outreach efforts in the areas around the traps that caught the positive mosquitoes. They will continue to go door-to-door to educate residents on how to best protect their families and homes from mosquitoes.feedback

During Congress's vacation, we have identified 43 cases of locally acquired Zika in four Florida counties. Last week, I requested that the CDC provide Florida with 5,000 Zika antibody tests, but they have only sent less than 1,200.feedback

In Pinellas County, the Department of Health and Pinellas County Mosquito Control are already working together and have begun aggressive spraying and mosquito abatement efforts. We remain fully committed to ensuring that every county has all of the resources they need to combat this virus and stand ready to assist residents and visitors in the impacted communities.feedback

Following today's news, I'm asking the Center for Disease Control for the following: an additional 5,000 Zika antibody test kits, this will ensure we can quickly test people for the virus. Additional lab support personnel will help us expedite Zika testing and an additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits. These are essential for pregnant women.feedback

Mosquito abatement and reduction activities will take place around the area of interest. The department still believes active transmissions are still only occurring in the area that is less than one square mile in Miami-Dade County.feedback

Every day that passes that Congress and the president fail to come to an agreement hinders our national response to Zika. This is not only an issue affecting us here in Florida – this is a national issue. Florida is just at the head of it with the first cases of local transmission of Zika. Just today, we learned that a baby born with microcephaly caused by Zika died in Texas – a heartbreaking tragedy in our country.feedback

Following today's announcement, I have requested that the CDC activate their emergency response team to assist DOH in their investigation, research, and sample collection efforts. Their team will consist of public health experts whose role is to augment our response efforts to confirmed local transmissions of the Zika virus.feedback

While we continue to learn more about this virus each day, we know that it is most harmful to pregnant women and their babies. For women who live or work in the impacted area and are either pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, I urge you to contact your OB/GYN for guidance and to receive a Zika prevention kit.feedback

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