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Zika wasn't even on Dr. Sankar Swaminathan's mind when he first examined a severely ill 73-year-old man in a Salt Lake City hospital in June. The patient had just returned from a visit to Mexico when he suddenly fell violently ill.

"We were not thinking about Zika at all because Zika usually does not cause severe illness, in fact it almost never does," says Swaminathan, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Utah.

For months, health officials have been pleading with South Floridians to “drain and cover” --  especially people who live in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade’s remaining zika virus hot zone. And now the county has reported a case of locally-acquired dengue fever – another mosquito-borne virus.

U.S. House Approves $1.1 Billion To Fight Zika

Sep 30, 2016

After months of squabbling about the issue, the U.S. House on Wednesday night approved a measure that provides $1.1 billion to help combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus. 

Scott Glad Congress Allocated Funds To Fight Zika

Sep 30, 2016
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After making two lobbying trips to Washington, D.C., and authorizing $61.2 million in emergency state spending, Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is glad Congress reached agreement on a $1.1 billion initiative to fight the mosquito-borne  Zika virus.

Senate Approves $1.1B Toward Fighting Zika Virus

Sep 29, 2016
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With Zika cases climbing to 921 in Florida, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday advanced a federal spending bill that includes $1.1 billion in funding to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

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This week, Congress will have another opportunity to compromise on a Zika funding measure.

The U.S. Senate has again blocked a bill that would have provided funds to help combat the Zika virus.

Zika Cases Top 900 In Florida

Sep 28, 2016
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The number of cases of the ZIka virus in Florida has topped 900, with an additional 10 reported Tuesday, according to updated information posted on the Florida Department of Health website.

3 More Zika Cases Reported In Miami-Dade

Sep 26, 2016
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Three more locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were reported Friday in Miami-Dade County as the overall number of such cases climbs toward 100.

The U.S. Senate announced Thursday that a bipartisan Zika funding deal has been struck and a vote could take place next week. But, in the meantime, Governor Rick Scott has authorized $25 million to go toward researching a vaccine to combat the Zika virus.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is using his emergency powers to direct $25 million in state money toward helping to develop a Zika virus vaccine.

Zika Count In Florida For Pregnant Women Reaches 90

Sep 22, 2016
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Florida has added 10 new cases of the Zika virus, and the overall number of infections involving pregnant women has reached 90, according to information released Wednesday by the state Department of Health.

Four More Zika Cases Reported In Miami-Dade

Sep 21, 2016
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The State Department of Health reported Tuesday that Florida has four new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in Miami-Dade County. 

Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood may be celebrating this week’s lifting of the suspected Zika transmission map, but Dr. Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people in Miami-Dade County not to let their guards down.

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U.S. health officials say they are ending their strongest warning to pregnant women to stay out of Miami's Wynwood arts district.

Governor Rick Scott has declared the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami "Zika free," and the federal Centers for Disease Control has lifted its Travel Advisory for that area.

 

Good news for Wynwood residents and businesses: State and local officials said Monday the Zika virus is no longer being locally transmitted in the area.

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Osceola County officials plan to use aerial spraying to control mosquitoes in rural areas.

Researchers Seek Foolproof Method To Detect Zika Infection

Sep 19, 2016
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Determining whether people have been infected with the Zika virus can be difficult.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is coming to Miami to visit the neighborhood where the first local transmissions of the Zika virus were found in the continental United States.

More Mosquitoes Test Positive For Zika In Miami Beach

Sep 19, 2016
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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Friday that another mosquito sample in Miami-Dade County has tested positive for the Zika virus. The positive test came from the same area of Miami Beach where four other samples have previously tested positive for Zika, department officials said.

Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida's governor is authorizing an additional $10 million in state funds for Zika response.

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Florida health officials are expanding the local transmission area in Miami Beach.

Gov. Rick Scott announced in a news release Friday evening that the zone, which had been limited primarily to South Beach, has expanded north, bringing the total affected area to around 4.5 square miles.

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says that there are no plans to widen the aerial spraying of pesticides despite the expansion of an area where the Zika virus is being transmitted by mosquitoes.

It’s good news to Florida’s Congressional Delegation and Governor Rick Scott that Congress could be close to striking a deal on funding efforts to combat the Zika virus. Florida just passed the 800 mark for the amount of cases reported to health officials. But, Florida leaders are a bit split on how that funding should be accomplished.

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In Miami-Dade County, the only area in the United States confirmed to have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, some residents say they'd rather be bitten than be exposed to droplets of chemicals sprayed from planes to kill the bugs. No assurances from health officials would calm some 200 people packing a Miami Beach City Commission meeting Wednesday.

Miami Beach’s efforts to control Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been challenged over the past two weeks by residents worried about possible adverse health effects of the pesticide naled.

I’m the health reporter here at WLRN, but a couple of weeks ago, I declined to go to a town hall meeting in Miami Beach about the city’s very new status as a Zika transmission zone.

Orange County will refrain from aerial spraying of the insecticide naled to fight Zika, even if there is local transmission.

Gov. Scott Presses Congress For Zika Funding

Sep 14, 2016
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With 70 confirmed cases resulting from Florida mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, Gov. Rick Scott traveled to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to implore Congress to break a deadlock on federal funding to combat the disease, which can cause severe birth defects.

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