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Rick Scott identifies new Zika transmission zone in Miami-Dade County

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The Department of Health has identified a new transmission zone for locally acquired Zika. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that health officials confirmed local transmissions are occurring in a small area in Miami-Dade County. The area is about one-square mile, and stretches from NW 79th Street to the north to NW 63rd Street to the south, and NW 10th Avenue to the west and N. Miami Avenue to the east. “Today’s announcement of a new area in Miami of ongoing…

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Still more Miami-Dade mosquitoes test positive for Zika

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Yet another batch of mosquitoes in Miami Beach has tested positive for the Zika virus. The results were in the same location “where five other samples had previously tested positive,” the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Saturday. The latest positive sample of Aedes aeqypti mosquitoes was from a trap located on West 49th Street in Miami Beach, according to a news release. The county’s Mosquito Control team “will continue to conduct inspections to reduce mosquito breeding and perform spray treatments as…

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Rick Scott orders DEP investigation in St. Petersburg sewage discharges

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Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate sewage discharges in St. Petersburg. The Governor’s Office made the announcement Wednesday, just one day after Scott called on the state Department of Health to begin additional testing at the discharge site. While the city is responsible for testing in the immediate area, the Department of Health will monitor the water quality and do sampling at 14 beaches — including nine in Pinellas County and five in…

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Rick Scott says Wynwood no longer an active Zika zone

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The Zika zone has been lifted. Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood was no longer considered a zone of active Zika transmission. In a statement, Scott said the state was able to lift the zone because it has been 45 days since there was evidence of active Zika transmission in the area. “Over the past few weeks, Floridians have worked together to prevent the spread of mosquitoes, take proper precautions to protect one another, and support local…

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Rick Scott postpones D.C. trip to focus on Hurricane Hermine recovery efforts

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Gov. Rick Scott is postponing his trip to Washington, D.C. to push for Zika funding. The Governor’s Office announced Monday Scott is postponing his trip, choosing to “stay in Florida to continue to monitor response efforts from damage during Hurricane Hermine.” The Naples Republican was scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., Tuesday to meet with members of Congress and ask them to immediately pass a Zika funding package. According to an email from Jackie Schutz, the governor’s communications director, the…

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Marco Rubio calls for lawmakers to pass Zika funding bill

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Marco Rubio said Congress should immediately pass a bill to help combat the spread of Zika when it returns to work next month. “Our job is to make sure the funding is available to not only fight Zika, but to get a vaccine,” said Rubio during a stop in Fort Myers on Wednesday. Rubio said House and Senate leaders should have called lawmakers back to Washington, D.C. to approve a Zika funding bill. The Senate passed a bipartisan $1.1 billion…

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Rick Scott says entire state needs to be involved in Zika prevention

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Florida has done its part to slow the spread of Zika, but Gov. Rick Scott said it is time for the federal government to step up. There are 36 cases of locally acquired Zika in Florida, all of which were believed to be transmitted in Miami-Dade County. The Department of Health believes active transmissions are only occurring in Wynwood, a trendy arts neighborhood, and in the Miami Beach area. “We all have to be part of this. We have to…

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