TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a call with Florida medical professionals, including OBGYNs and physicians specializing in family medicine, to discuss the neurological impacts of Zika and what precautions new and expecting mothers should take. This is in response to Governor Scott’s request for the CDC to host a call following the announcement of the first confirmed case of microcephaly in an infant born in Florida whose mother had a travel-related case of Zika. The CDC call will take place tomorrow afternoon and the Florida Department of Health will be sharing information with medical professionals on how to participate.

Governor Rick Scott said, “With more than 220 travel-related cases of Zika, and now Florida’s first confirmed case of a baby born with Zika-related microcephaly, it is critically important that Florida’s medical professionals remain educated and receive the latest information on the neurological impacts of this virus. Last week, I used my emergency executive authority to allocate $26.2 million in state funds for Zika preparedness, prevention and response in Florida and we will continue to do all we can to ensure our state stays ahead of the possible spread of the Zika virus.”




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