Scott Approves Another $10 Million For Zika Fight

September 19, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott has authorized spending an additional $10 million in state money to help battle the Zika virus, as Congress remains deadlocked about federal funding for the issue.

Scott in June used emergency powers to authorize $26.2 million in state funding, but the number of cases of the mosquito-borne virus has sharply grown and totaled 823 in Florida as of Thursday, according to the state Department of Health.

Scott’s office said the state money will be spent “as needed” on issues such as mosquito abatement, training for mosquito-control workers and the purchase of Zika prevention kits.

President Barack Obama early this year proposed spending $1.9 billion to combat Zika, but Congress has not been able to reach agreement on a funding plan. The virus is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

Three travel-related cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Escambia County.

by The News Service of Florida


3 Responses to “Scott Approves Another $10 Million For Zika Fight”

  1. Sue on September 20th, 2016 10:13 pm

    I guess sense Congress is unable to provide the funds to fight Zika we at least need to start giving more funds to abortion clinics again. As it stands there is no cure and these babies will grow up severely impaired with very under sized heads. Republicans have a majority in Congress and Senate and Obama as it was stated here has tried to pass funding for Zika, So the ball is in there court…I’m an Independent, and Me I just want some progress.

  2. Huntersmom on September 19th, 2016 8:39 am

    Where is this money going?
    Mosquito control that is run by counties are one of the lowest paying jobs. They should give those employees raises, since they are the ones trying to help control the mosquitoes.

  3. gatorbait on September 19th, 2016 7:54 am

    Tricky Rick at it again, follow the money. Rick Scott keeps all his assets hidden in a blind trust in his wifes name. Ann Scott has a multi-million dollar investment into a Mosquito control service. “MCS” Mosquito Control Services LLC. of Metairie La.
    Licensed to do business in Florida.
    The Funding that Gov Scott cut from the state budget was to go to the county municipalities to supplement each county in the states mosquito control budget.
    He would rather privatize and contract mosquito control to private companies.
    such as Mosquito control services LLC and those like it. This way tax payer money can be funneled into his or his buddies pockets. Gov Scott did close down the states only Entomology lab in Panama city. Cuts and lay offs at the Dept of Health , county health depts. forcing people to use his private clinics for health services and children’s school physicals. His cuts to the dept of health, cutting funding and staff has seriously hindered the health dept ability to respond to a health crisis that is state wide and of this magnitude. . Cuts to the states EPA and regulatory authorities, now Algae blooms in water ways in south Florida, Gov Scott keeps appealing to the Federal Government for help for problems that he created. He did the same thing with the Dept of Corrections, privatizing prisons , now DOC is a total mess. see the pattern, Scott wins, residents, taxpayers of Florida lose.

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