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Rick Scott, on Fox News, calls for feds' help fighting Zika

Comparing the disease to a hurricane, Gov. Rick Scott has taken to TV to ask the federal government for help fighting Zika.

On Thursday, he appeared on Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, reiterating a request that President Barack Obama provide preparedness items for the state.

There are 165 cases of Zika reported in the state, according to the latest estimates from the Florida Department of Health. All of them are travel-related, but with the mosquito season approaching, many are concerned that infected insects could spread to Florida.

Asked on Fox News about why Scott hasn't tapped into state reserves, he said the state has been spending money to fight the disease but that Florida would "rely on our federal partners."

"This is a national issue," he said. "This is not just affecting Florida."

"We know Zika’s not going to go on vacation," Scott said. "The CDC says we're just a few weeks away. Congress goes on vacation. We can't go on vacation."

Of course, Scott can't go on Fox News without being asked about Donald Trump. He predicted a "big win" for the presumptive Republican nominee, who Scott has backed since January and formally endorsed in March following Florida's presidential preference primary.

"My goal is I can have hopefuly a positive impact on how he wins Florida," Scott said.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2016 5:08pm]

    

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