The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported that four additional non-travel associated Zika virus cases are being investigated in Miami-Dade County, bringing the total to 21.
DOH still believes active transmissions are only taking place within the identified one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said today after the announcement of the news cases, “Every day that passes that Congress and the president fail to come to an agreement hinders our national response to Zika. This is not only an issue affecting us here in Florida – this is a national issue. Florida is just at the head of it with the first cases of local transmission of Zika. Just today, we learned that a baby born with microcephaly caused by Zika died in Texas – a heartbreaking tragedy in our country.
“While Florida has been preparing for Zika since February, we know many other states don’t have the same resources we have. The Obama Administration has still not fulfilled our requests for an additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits for pregnant women or a detailed plan on how they would like Florida to work with FEMA on requesting emergency response funds since this has become mosquito-borne in our state. The federal government must stop playing politics and Congress needs to immediately come back to session to resolve this.”
In addition, DOH reported 14 new travel-related cases today with four in Miami-Dade County, three in Orange County, two in Hernando County, one in Broward County, one in Lee County, one in Monroe County and two involving pregnant women.