TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed through its ongoing investigations that local transmission of Zika is occurring in a new small area in Miami-Dade County. The street boundaries are NW 79th St. to the North, NW 63rd St. to the South, NW 10th Ave. to the West and N. Miami Ave. to the East. This area is about one square mile. DOH has identified five people, two women and three men, in the new area. Three live in this one square mile area. The other two either work in or have visited this area. Four of these cases have already been announced by DOH and were under the normal investigation process. The investigation of the final case was completed today. With the confirmation of today’s case, this area now meets the CDC’s criteria for a new zone. All five individuals are non-travel related cases. DOH has evidence that Zika is only actively being transmitted in the two small areas including Miami Beach and this new area.

Governor Scott said, “Today’s announcement of a new area in Miami of ongoing local transmission of the Zika virus underscores the urgent need for federal funding to combat the Zika virus. It has been two weeks since federal funding to fight Zika was approved by Congress and signed by President Obama. However, Florida has not yet received a dime. We don’t need bureaucratic timelines – we need funding now.

“We have had more than 1,000 cases of Zika in our state, and Miami-Dade County continues to be the only area with ongoing active transmissions. I have continued to provide state funding to Miami-Dade County and this week, I allocated an additional $7 million for the county to fight mosquitoes. We have seen that aggressive mosquito control efforts have worked in areas like Wynwood and we hope the county also aggressively sprays in this area so we can limit the spread of this virus and protect pregnant women and their growing babies.

“Today I am requesting the CDC to work directly with the Miami Dade Mosquito Control District to identify best practices for defeating Zika in this new area. We know every area is different and I hope the federal government will provide guidance to the county on how to protect residents and visitors.

“We still have multiple outstanding requests to the Obama Administration for important Zika resources. We have continued to call on the CDC to quickly respond to these requests, and pregnant women who are most at-risk for the Zika virus deserve to have these requests immediately fulfilled. I am also continuing to call on Congress to hold a field hearing in Miami to hear directly from those who are on the frontlines of battling this virus. I most recently asked that Congress hold this hearing by October 1, and while that date has passed, they need to come here immediately. The threat of Zika is real and we continue to see more cases in our state.”

To date, Governor Scott has allocated $61.2 million in state funds to combat Zika. Of this funding, Miami-Dade County has received $12.6 million

Detailed timeline of actions taken by Governor Scott to combat the Zika virus in Florida.

OUTSTANDING REQUESTS TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

  • The CDC to match Florida’s $25 million investment in Zika research to help develop a vaccine. (Governor Scott requested on Sept. 28th)
  • The CDC to take immediate action to accelerate their testing process. (Governor Scott requested on Sept. 28th)
  • The CDC to provide Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach with guidance on how to better control the mosquitos that carry Zika. (Governor Scott requested on Sept. 28th)
  • The CDC to host a call with community leaders and clinicians in Miami Beach to answer questions and provide the latest information and guidance on Zika. (Governor Scott requested on Sept. 16th)
  • An additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits. (Governor Scott requested on Aug. 19th)
  • A detailed plan from the Obama Administration on how they would like Florida to work with FEMA now that Zika has become mosquito-borne. (Initially requested on June 1st – requested again Aug. 19th)

MIAMI BEACH MAP

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NEW AREA IN MIAMI

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The timelines below are as of Oct. 12 and will be updated. Note: Asymptomatic cases are not reflected as they do not have symptom on-set dates.

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