TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and Acting State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip hosted a conference call with Florida Mosquito Control Districts to discuss ongoing preparations to fight the possible spread of the Zika virus in Florida.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida’s Mosquito Control Districts are on the front lines of protecting our communities from mosquito-borne diseases like the Zika virus. Today, we spoke with members of the Florida mosquito control districts on their work in our communities and what resources they may need to continue fighting the Zika virus. As we approach the summer season, it is important that we maintain an open line of communication with mosquito control districts so our state is prepared for the possible spread of the Zika virus.”

Acting Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip said, “Making sure our Mosquito Control Districts are prepared with the resources and support they need heading into summer is a major priority for the Department of Health. Mosquito-borne disease is a health threat that requires careful attention from our network of partners, and our conference call today is one piece of our commitment to keeping communities in Florida safe from the Zika virus. As our department has proven in the past with dengue and chikungunya, diligence and collaboration are key to controlling the spread of these diseases. We were pleased to host today’s call with the Governor so our Mosquito Control Districts could receive the most recent information on Zika in our state and ask further questions about Zika preparedness and transmission.”




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