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Gov. Scott seeks CDC help after Zika strikes first Florida infant



Gov. Rick Scott sought intervention from the Centers for Disease Control Tuesday after the Department of Health confirmed the first case of a Florida infant with Zika-related microcephaly.

Scott, who scheduled Zika roundtable sessions in West Palm Beach and Jacksonville, issued a statement calling on the CDC to convene a call with Florida medical professionals.

"It is heartbreaking to learn that a baby has been born with Zika-related microcephaly in our state and my thoughts and prayers are with the mother and child," Scott said.

The governor's statement said the mother contracted Zika while she was in Haiti. Scott said the Department of Health is working family to provide services through a program known as Early Steps.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:35am]


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