Governor Scott asks CDC for help with Zika

Posted at 4:56 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 18:30:05-05

Governor Rick Scott asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 1,000 antibody Zika tests.  Florida currently has the capacity to test only 475 people.

“Just like a hurricane, we have to ensure that Florida is safe,” said Governor Scott (R-Florida).

Two people contracted the Zika virus in Lee County last week.  There were also cases reported in Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Broward and Santa Rosa Counties.

Health officials are stressing that there are no outbreaks in the United States, however, the mosquitoes that carry Zika are only found near your home.

"They're not in the ditches, they're not in the swamps, they're not in the salt marsh, they're around your house," said the Director of Lee County's Mosquito Control Wayne Gale.

13 inches of rain fell in Lee County last month, causing other mosquitoes to hatch.

"That is why the executive order I signed last night says special attention for mosquito spraying should be in residential areas,” said Governor Scott.

The governor says he’s reviewing how much money is in the budget for spraying.

"The mosquitoes we're dealing with right now, are more of what we call floodwater mosquitoes, which hatch when we have a large rain or high tide, which we had, which is unusual for this time of year," said Gale.

Governor Scott also asked the CDC to meet with health care providers including OBGYNs so they can be trained to identify symptons of Zika.