Gov. Scott Also Calls on CDC for More Action

STARKE, Fla. – Today, following news of a potential agreement in Congress for Zika funding, Governor Rick Scott once again called on the federal government to stop playing politics with the health and safety of Americans and quickly pass funding to address this national issue.

Governor Scott said, “The people of Florida are tired of Washington being all talk and no action. Yesterday, Congress once again failed to pass a bill that would fund Zika preparedness and response. It’s unacceptable and I don’t understand how any lawmaker could turn their back on the health and safety of pregnant women and their growing babies. In May, and again this month, I asked Congress to hold a field hearing on Zika preparedness and prevention in Miami. They have failed to do so and are ignoring the very people who are working hard to combat this virus. Every day that Congress fails to act, more cases are diagnosed in our state. With nearly 800 travel-related cases and more than 100 locally acquired cases of Zika in Florida, the time for Congress to act is now.”

Governor Scott today also called on the CDC to take the following actions:

  • The CDC to match Florida’s $25 million investment in Zika research to help develop a vaccine;
  • The CDC to take immediate action to accelerate their testing process; and
  • 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 continued, “Just last week, I authorized $25 million in state funds to support research to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus and enhance Zika testing methods. Florida’s investment in research is an important first step and that is why today, I am calling on the CDC to match our funding so we can develop a vaccine and keep pregnant women and their growing babies safe. I am hopeful that the CDC will join Florida in defeating this virus by quickly allocating matching funds.

“I am also requesting that the CDC take immediate action to accelerate its testing process. Many of Florida’s Zika tests must be confirmed through the CDC and the quicker we can return results back to health care providers, the faster they can get information to their patients. I also challenge Florida’s health care providers to expedite testing so they can share information with their patients as quickly as possible. We all have a role to play in keeping Floridians and visitors informed and safe.

“It is also incredibly important for our communities, especially those in Miami-Dade County, to have a long-term plan to aggressively combat the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. While we quickly saw reductions of mosquitoes in Wynwood and in the first zone in Miami Beach following aggressive aerial spraying, we have not seen similar reductions in the extended zone in Miami Beach where aerial spraying is not occurring. That is why I am requesting that the CDC work with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach to provide guidance on how these communities can continue their fight against these mosquitoes and prevent the spread of Zika.

“I look forward to the CDC fulfilling these requests and hope that Congress will fund Zika now.”

Governor Scott also has the following outstanding requests to the Obama Administration:

  • 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)



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