Tampa mayor to address Zika concerns

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is holding a news conference today to discuss concerns over Zika.

With Zika cases reaching 36 statewide and two Zika zones identified in Miami, Buckhorn is holding a news conference Monday to address what the city is doing to combat the virus.

Last week, representatives Kathy Castor and David Jolly attended a conference at the University of South Florida about where federal money will go to help combat the spread of the virus — straight to the front lines, where researchers hope to find breakthroughs.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine say more federal resources are needed to combat the spread of the Zika virus in South Florida.

They’re holding a news conference Monday at a popular Miami Beach cafe in an effort to urge Congress to return from its summer break to deal with the virus outbreak.

President Barack Obama requested $ 1.9 billion in emergency funds in February to develop a vaccine and control the mosquitoes that carry the virus.

But lawmakers left Washington in mid-July for a seven-week recess without approving any of the money.

Mosquito-borne Zika cases have been found in two neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County.

They’re the first areas on the U.S. mainland where health officials determined mosquitoes were transmitting Zika.

Bay News 9 – news

August 22, 2016 |

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