Florida to Send $7 Million to Miami-Dade to Fight Zika

Florida to Send $7 Million to Miami-Dade to Fight Zika

Gov. Rick Scott on Oct. 11 allocated more money for Miami-Dade to fight Zika as health officials reported one new mosquito-borne infection in the county.

October 13, 2016
Mosquitoes

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Oct. 11 allocated more money for Miami-Dade to fight Zika as health officials reported one new mosquito-borne infection in the county, raising to 15 the number of local cases currently under investigation outside of Miami Beach — which remains the only place identified by the state as having active spread of the virus.

The additional $7.4 million will pay for Miami-Dade to hire extra mosquito control workers and to increase spraying. It raises the amount of state funds committed for the county’s Zika response to $12.4 million.

To date, Florida has sent about $512,000 to Miami-Dade, which had expected to spend about $10 million through Sept. 30 on aerial spraying and other mosquito control efforts, including property inspections and public education campaigns.

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Source: Miami Herald