Governor Rick Scott heads to Washington to discuss Zika

Posted at 9:20 AM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 09:20:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott is heading to Washington DC Tuesday morning to fight for more funding to combat the Zika virus.

Governor Scott will be addressing congressional leaders on zika prepardness, and has been working with state lawmakers including Senator Bill Nelson on the specifics of a bill.

A deal is on the way to provide the $1.1 billion to fight the spread of the virus.

Senator Bill Nelson made opening statements on the senate floor Monday, discussing the bill.  "I am here to share with the Senate that I think we have finally found a path forward to fund the fight against Zika. The specifics are still being worked out, but it seems that there will be a deal."

Nelson goes on to discuss the aedes agepti mosquito and the number of cases here in Florida.

As of Monday, there are more than 10 new cases of the Zika virus in the state, bringing the total number of cases to 771.