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White House: Congress should get back to work on Zika

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The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local): 1 p.m. President Obama‘s spokesman says Florida needs more federal money to limit the spread of the Zika virus. White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said Friday’s announcement that South Florida has four mosquito-transmitted cases should be a wake-up call for Congress “to get back to work.” Congress left on a seven-week vacation without giving the Obama administration any of the $1.9 billion it sought for mosquito control,…

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Finding Zika mosquitoes is like ‘chasing a moving target,’ researcher says

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An entomologist at the University of Florida says it’s not surprising that no mosquitoes have tested positive for Zika even though four residents in South Florida have been found to be the first cases of mosquito-borne Zika virus in the U.S. mainland. Roxanne Connelly said Friday that finding positive mosquitoes is like chasing a moving target. Connelly talked about the difficulties in finding positive mosquitoes after Gov. Rick Scott confirmed that the three men and one woman in the Miami…

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Teresa Jacobs: Visitors shouldn’t think twice about coming to Florida because of Zika

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The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local): Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says potential visitors to Florida shouldn’t think twice about coming to the Sunshine State. Jacob’s jurisdiction covers the Orlando area’s major theme parks in the Orlando area, and she spoke to reporters Friday after Gov. Rick Scott announced that South Florida has the first four cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in the U.S. mainland. There have been no mosquito-transmitted cases in central Florida…

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4 mysterious Zika infections likely from mosquitoes in Miami, says Rick Scott

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Gov. Rick Scott  says the state has concluded that four mysterious Zika infections likely came from mosquitoes in the Miami area. Scott said Friday that no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for Zika. But he says one woman and three men in Miami-Dade and Broward counties likely contracted the virus through mosquito bites. More than 1,650 Zika infections have been reported in the U.S., but the four patients in Florida would be the first not linked to travel…

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