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Gov. Scott makes first trip to Miami after local Zika outbreak



Gov. Rick Scott is in Miami today, his first trip to South Florida since the state confirmed Zika is being spread there by mosquitoes.

He'll meet with members of Miami-Dade's congressional delegation, as well as public health officials. And Scott will visit Wynwood, the arts district north of downtown Miami where the state Department of Health believes Zika continues to spread.

Thirteen of 15 locally transmitted Zika infections are linked to Wynwood, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned pregnant women to avoid the area if at all possible.

The governor's office announced his schedule around 9:45 a.m., after the first event began.

He tweeted this morning that he had breakfast in Wynwood at Zak the Baker.

Eating breakfast at Zak the Baker in Wynwood.

— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 4, 2016

Here's what Scott is up to:

9:30 a.m.: Visit to the Wynwood community

Noon: Briefing with members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

12:45 p.m.: Visit to the Miami-Dade health department

2:30 p.m.: Briefing with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

3:30 p.m.: Press conference at the Emergency Operations Center

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who lives in Miami, will not take part in the governor's Zika events. According to the schedule, he is in Sanford this afternoon and returns to South Florida in the evening to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Rolando Montoya, provost at Miami Dade College.

-- With reporting from Times/Herald staff writer Steve Bousquet

[Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2016 11:14am]


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