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The Florida Department of Health Tuesday announced that Florida Zika cases have now exceeded 1,000.

Five New Cases Bring Florida’s Zika Total To 993

Oct 11, 2016
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Five new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus were reported in Florida on Monday, bringing the state's total overall number of individuals who acquired the disease from local mosquitoes to 146, according to information released Monday by the state Department of Health. Overall, there are 933 Zika cases in Florida.

Officials Stretched Budgets To Combat Zika

Oct 10, 2016
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As Zika skipped into Puerto Rico and then Florida this summer and threatened to spread northward, an uncoordinated patchwork of mosquito control offices — funded by state health departments, county governments and special tax districts — stretched their budgets in the campaign to track and eradicate mosquito breeding grounds. Though the populations of the two species of mosquito that transmit the Zika virus will thin out in the U.S. by mid-October in colder weather, according to tropical disease experts, they will likely return with a vengeance next year.

Houston-based Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, is trying hard to fight the Zika virus. It's screening pregnant women and following federal guidelines to test people at risk.

As South Floridians evacuate ahead of Hurricane Matthew, experts warn this could spread the Zika virus. The storm is expected to hit the east coast—an area of the state with the most local Zika cases. Those fleeing Miami could also take the virus with them.

Mosquito control and health officials are hoping mosquito prevention is on the minds of Floridians preparing for Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricanes can create perfect conditions for an explosion in mosquito populations.

Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste wanted the best possible shot of the mosquito control plane that was aerially spraying Miami Beach.

So just before 6 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, he drove to the top of the parking garage on Collins Avenue and 16th Street, got out of his car and started taking pictures.

Another Mosquito Found With Zika In Miami Beach

Oct 5, 2016
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An additional mosquito has tested positive for Zika in a small area of Miami Beach where people have become infected with the virus, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Tuesday.

National Institutes of Health

Zika vaccine trials could come to South Florida as early as this winter.

Now that the House and Senate have agreed on a $1.1 billion Zika funding package, research and vaccine development is a federal priority.

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Until recently, Miami Beach Botanical Garden was home to more than 2,000 colorful bromeliads.

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More Zika-car rying mosquitoes have been captured in Miami Beach, this time in a new neighborhood.

The Florida Department of Agriculture said Saturday that it's the sixth time Zika-bearing mosquitoes have been captured in Miami Beach. It was the first capture of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in two weeks.

Zika can cause severe brain-related birth defects, including disastrously small heads, in pregnant women who become infected. The same mosquito species that spreads Zika also transmits dengue fever.

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A protester was removed from a talk in Orlando on Friday about genetically modified mosquitoes.

A measure signed into law by President Obama includes money to help combat the Zika virus. Florida is expected to be one of the areas to get a large amount of the funds. That’s in addition to the millions of dollars in state money Governor Rick Scott has already set aside in the Zika fight. But, questions now remain about when and how the funds will be distributed to help affected Floridians.

Men who may have been exposed to the Zika virus should wait at least six months before trying to conceive a child with a partner, regardless of whether they ever had any symptoms, federal health officials are recommending.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously recommended that only men with Zika symptoms had to wait that long. Those who may have been exposed to Zika but never developed any symptoms were told to hold off on trying to conceive for just eight weeks.

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.

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