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Two more cases of locally transmitted Zika reported in Florida

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The Department of Health is stepping up its efforts to combat the spread of Zika in South Florida. Gov. Rick Scott said Monday the department is sending in “additional commercial pest control companies to assist with local mosquito control efforts in Miami-Dade County.” The news of additional assistance comes as two more cases of locally transmitted Zika have been discovered. Scott said two more people have contracted the Zika virus. Both are in Miami-Dade County, and Scott said the state…

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Zika concerns not stopping travelers from visiting Florida

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Travelers might be worried about Zika, but it isn’t stopping them from traveling to the Sunshine State. The University of Florida’s Tourism Crisis Management Initiative found more than 70 percent of potential visitors are concerned about the mosquito-borne virus. However, the study found about 10 percent of potential visitors have actually changed their travel plans. There are more than 480 cases of Zika virus in Florida. According to the Department of Health, 25 of those cases aren’t travel related and…

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Rick Scott: 10 more cases of locally transmitted Zika in Florida

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Ten more people are believed to have contracted the Zika virus through a mosquito bite, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a travel warning for the affected area. On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the Department of Health identified 10 more people who contracted the virus locally. The governor said the state health department still believes the transmissions are occurring in one part of Miami, but warned women who are pregnant — or are thinking of…

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Florida records birth of first baby with Zika-related birth defects

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The first case of microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development, has surfaced in Florida. The defect is caused by the Zika virus, which was contracted by the mother while in her native Haiti, authorities said. Officials with the Florida Department of Health confirmed the case Tuesday morning. The newborn’s mother came to Florida to deliver her baby, officials said. The department is working with the family to get the…

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Florida lawmakers urge action to stop the spread of Zika

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Florida lawmakers continue to push for more federal assistance to fight the spread of Zika. Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday requested the Centers for Disease Control send an additional 1,300 Zika antibody tests to Florida. The additional tests would allow more Floridians, including pregnant women and new mothers, to see if they have had Zika. There are 134 cases of travel related Zika in Florida. According to the Department of Health, there are also 38 cases that involve pregnant women,…

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Rick Scott to talk Zika in D.C.

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Gov. Rick Scott is heading to the nation’s capital to “meet with Congressional leaders on Zika preparedness,” his office announced. His daily schedule shows him departing the Enterprise Florida board meeting in Naples, his hometown, and departing for Washington, D.C. later on Wednesday. He is then scheduled to meet with seven of Florida’s members of Congress and Sen. Marco Rubio. Florida now has 109 reported cases of Zika, all travel related, according to the Department of Health. Most adults can…

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Rick Scott pushing collaboration to stop the spread of Zika

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Summertime is nearly here, and with that comes the return of the mosquito. As concerns over the mosquito-borne Zika virus continue to grow, state officials are ramping up their efforts to protect Floridians and slow the spread of the virus. That means increase coordination between state and local agencies and even calls for Washington, D.C., to pitch in. “We’re coming on summer. We’re going to see heat. We’re going to see rain. We’re going to see more mosquitoes,” said Gov.…

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