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Scott returns to Miami for hastily announced Zika news conference



Early Friday morning, Gov. Rick Scott cancelled an appearance in Tampa at Aero Simulation, where he was to tout the latest Florida jobs numbers (26,000 new jobs in July, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity).

At the same time the cancellation was announced, Scott's office disclosed that he would hold a news conference at the Miami-Dade County Health Department regarding the Zika virus.

The Florida Department of Health announced Thursday there were two more individuals who were infected with the Zika virus from local mosquitoes in Miami-Dade County, bringing the number of locally transmitted cases in Florida to 35. The area of transmission is expected to expand to include Miami Beach, which is the linchpin of South Florida's tourism economy. Miami Beach has more than half of the hotel rooms in Miami-Dade County, raising fears that Zika, along with the Pulse shooting and algae blooms, will hinder the state's economic prospects

A total of 557 people in Florida have contracted Zika this year, including 63 pregnant women.

[Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2016 10:43am]


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