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Gov. Rick Scott authorizes $10M more to fight Zika virus

Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday morning that he had authorized an additional $10 million in state funds to fight the spread of the Zika virus. A total of $36.2 million will be allocated for mosquito control, enhanced laboratory capacity and the purchase of Zika prevention kits from the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Two more local cases of Zika virus were confirmed Friday in Miami Beach, where a fifth sample of mosquitoes has tested positive for the virus.

The Florida Department of Health reported the two new cases along with 10 new travel-related cases across the state, six of which are in Miami-Dade County.

The new Zika-positive batch of mosquitoes, reported by the Miami Herald on Friday afternoon and later confirmed by the Florida Department of Agriculture in a press release, were found Sept. 9 inside the 1.5-square-mile zone of active transmission in South Beach.

State officials have tested more than 52,000 mosquitoes since May in 3,200 sample groups, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture.

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