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CDC team on way to Florida to help fight Zika, WH says



President Obama is being briefed on the Zika situation in South Florida and a Centers for Disease Control team is being deployed to help, a White House spokesman said today.

The team will be dispatched "in short order so that we will be able to work with Gov. Scott’s team on the ground in South Florida," Eric Schultz told reporters as Obama flew to Atlanta.

Schultz said the CDC has provied $2 million in Zika response funding and $27 million in emergency prepardness funding, much of which can be used for Florida’s Zika response.

"Schultz said that Congress’s decision not to fund further Zika prevention efforts had hindered the administration’s ability to fund more research and slowed the development of an anti-Zika vaccine," according to a pooled press report.

[Last modified: Monday, August 1, 2016 1:10pm]


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