Zika cases now top 1,000


The number of reported Zika cases in Florida topped 1,000 on Tuesday as Gov. Rick Scott announced the state will send another $7.4 million to Miami-Dade County to help with mosquito control.

The Florida Department of Health reported nine additional cases of the mosquito-borne virus, bringing the overall total to 1,002. Eight of the new cases were classified as “travel related” – meaning people were infected elsewhere and brought the virus into Florida – while one new locally transmitted case was reported in Miami-Dade County.

Four of the new travel-related cases were in Broward County, two were in Pinellas County, one was in St. Lucie County, and one involved a pregnant woman. The state does not list the counties in cases involving pregnant women.

Meanwhile Tuesday, Scott’s office said the additional $7.4 million will be used in Miami-Dade County for mosquito-control staff and mosquito spraying. The money is part of $61.2 million that Scott earlier authorized for fighting Zika.



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