Gov. Rick Scott declares Zika emergency in Hillsborough, Miami-Dade and two other counties
Gov. Rick Scott today signed an executive order directing Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a public health emergency in the four counties which have the Zika virus.
There are currently a total of nine travel-associated cases of the Zika virus across Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Lee and Santa Rosa counties.
In a news release, Scott said:
"Today I am directing Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a public health emergency in the four counties that have individuals with the Zika virus. Although Florida's current nine Zika cases were travel-related, we have to ensure Florida is prepared and stays ahead of the spread of the Zika virus in our state. Our Department of Health will continue to be in constant communication with all county health offices, hospitals and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We know that we must be prepared for the worst even as we hope for the best."
Scott's order came a day after health officials reported two Zika cases in Hillsborough. County commissioners today told staff to assess preparations to combat the disease.