10 more likely cases of Zika from mosquitoes reported in Florida

White House Asks Congress for $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says 10 more people have likely contracted Zika from mosquitoes, bringing the Florida non-travel-related cases of Zika up to 14.

Scott wants a federal emergency-response team immediately and says the virus is coming from just one neighborhood. It was discovered from researchers going door-to-door to test people where the four previous cases were found.

Florida’s cases are the first in the U.S. that were not caused by travel.

“Florida has a proven track record of success when it comes to managing similar mosquito-borne viruses,” Scott said. “While I encourage all residents and visitors to continue to use precaution by draining standing water and wearing bug spray, Florida remains safe and open for business. This year, we have already welcomed a record 30 million tourists and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Florida this summer.”

 

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