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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.

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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.

Could Congress be close to passing a Zika funding bill? A bipartisan group of Florida’s Congressional Delegation is calling that welcome news.

Zika Could Affect Florida’s Breast Milk Bank In The Future

Sep 13, 2016
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A central Florida breast milk bank says its supply is safe from the Zika virus. But the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Florida said Zika may affect the amount of donor milk available for medically fragile babies in the future.

Congress is facing a September 30th deadline to make sure a budget deal is reached to fund the federal government. Lawmakers just came back from a seven-week break, and both the U.S. House and Senate have yet to reach an agreement on a bill to fund anti-Zika efforts—widely seen as a non-partisan issue. Governor Rick Scott is going Tuesday for a two-day trip to Washington D.C. to talk to members of Congress of the importance of that funding for Florida.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott and state health officials have vowed to put out “accurate and timely information” about the Zika virus, but some cases announced as “new” are often several weeks old because of a lag in diagnosis, the Miami Herald reported.

Garden With Zika Mosquitoes Looks For Bug-Repelling Plants

Sep 11, 2016
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Miami Beach Botanical Garden officials say they're working to rid the property of mosquitoes that could spread the Zika virus.

An Orlando nonprofit is recruiting volunteers to process data for researchers studying the Zika virus.

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Backlash over aerial spraying of the insecticide in South Beach is prompting other Florida residents to question how it's used.

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Business owners are anxious for federal health officials to lift a travel advisory warning pregnant women and their partners to avoid parts of Miami and South Beach that have been identified as zones of active transmission of the Zika virus.

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The head of the government's fight against the Zika virus says that "we are now essentially out of money" and warns that the country is "about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly" in the coming months.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden addressed a handful of reporters as lawmakers start to sort out a stopgap government funding bill that is being targeted to also carry long-delayed money to battle Zika.

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