Tag: mosquito
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With Collier County continuing to have the largest number, Florida is up to at least 74 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus this year, according to the state Department of Health website. The 74 cases had been reported as of Monday and were an increase of two cases from a week earlier. Collier County has […]

Associated PressOctober 12, 2017

Florida health officials are reporting the state’s first case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a local mosquito. Florida’s Department of Health said Thursday a Manatee County couple traveled to Cuba, and one of them contracted Zika while on the Caribbean island and was bitten by a mosquito after returning home. That mosquito […]

Scott PowersMarch 2, 2017

Democratic U.S. Rep. Darren Soto is introducing a bill that would extend funding to fight the Zika virus through the year 2023 and expand a local mosquito-control grant program to address other infectious mosquito-bourne diseases. Soto, an Orlando Democrat, is expecting to file his bill today, dubbing it the “Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 11, 2016

Even though it’s mid-October, the state of Florida continues to battle the Zika virus. And on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced $7.4 million in additional state funding to Miami-Dade County to combat Zika’s spread. The money will be allocated toward mosquito control, including increased spraying of insecticide and hiring additional staff. Since June, Gov. Scott has authorized […]

Mitch PerryAugust 30, 2016

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says that there have been no reported voting irregularities in the first few hours of voting in Tuesday’s primary election. One noteworthy issue, he said, was that a polling place in Miami Beach was moved from the Botanical Gardens location to City Hall a block away due to mosquito spraying. There were also […]

Scott PowersMay 19, 2016

Declaring that the Zika virus “threatens the entire family, the entire community, and the entire state of Florida,” U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson blasted Republicans Thursday, saying their anti-Zika plan is “Don’t get bit.” It echoes his most infamous partisan statement in a long history of such, when he declared on the floor of Congress in 2009 […]


Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is backing a House proposal to spend more than $600 million to battle Zika. House Republicans have proposed spending $622 million to battle the Zika virus. The legislation — introduced by Kentucky Republican Hal Rogers, chairman of the House appropriations committee — includes $230 million for the National Institutes of Health to […]


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