Gov. Rick Scott authorizes another $10 million in state funds to fight Zika
Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday morning that he had authorized an additional $10 million in state funds to fight the spread of the Zika virus.
Scott had used emergency executive authority in June to authorize $26.2 million in state funds for Zika preparedness, prevention and response. The $36.2 million in funding will be allocated as needed for mosquito control, enhance laboratory capacity and the purchase of Zika prevention kits from the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Scott repeated the message he delivered in Washington early this week, seeking to break a partisan impasse in Congress that is holding up federal funding. "Zika is nonpartisan," he said Friday, "and I have been very clear that something had to get done this week.
"With most of the original funding now allocated, and with more than 75 cases of locally acquired Zika and more requests from local communities for resources, we simply cannot wait on federal action any longer."