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Scott calls lawmakers to update them on Zika



Gov. Rick Scott on Friday met with members of the state Legislature and their aides via conference call to update them on the state's response to the Zika virus.

For 19 minutes, Scott and Dr. Celeste Philip, the state surgeon general, explained what has been done by the health department, CDC and mosquito control officials on the ground in Miami's Wynwood area, where mosquitoes are believed to be spreading the virus.

"Most of it was pretty much just a recap," said Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, who was on the call.

Any questions? Scott directed them to his legislative affairs director, Kevin Rielly.

Jenne said before the call that he hoped lawmakers left the call with a plan of action.

"They're active, they're doing what they need to do," he said. "The only thing I can hope for is that there be a little more contact with Washington, D.C. ... What else can you really do at this point? You can't round up the citizens of Wynwood for forced innoculation."

Scott also reiterated that the state would "spend the money we need to make sure all the people who live in our state are safe." He's pledged $26.2 million to combat Zika, but according to health department documents has spent just $1.9 million.


[Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2016 7:45pm]


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