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Gov. Scott criticizes CDC, Obama over Zika response

Posted at 2:50 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 08:21:02-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Fox 4 is tracking the fight against Zika in Florida, where the Department of Health says the number of locally-transmitted cases remain at at 36.

Pregnant women are still urged to avoid South Beach, which has been linked to at least five cases. But Wynwood, which is just north of downtown Miami, is also considered an infection zone.

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Rick Scott made a stop in Fort Myers on Monday, calling out the Centers for Disease Control for not yet sending the additional 10,000 Zika kits he requested.

Scott is also criticizing President Obama, claiming he hasn't issued a plan on the best way to work with FEMA.

However, the governor did add that Mosquito Control units in Southwest Florida are prepared to fight the virus.  "This state does a very good job of mosquito control. Lee County actually does an outstanding job of mosquito control. We all have to be a part of this. With the education efforts we've done in the Wynwood area, we've been able to reduce the footprint of that area and hopefully we'll be able to do that."

Monday was actually the first day of school in Miami, where Zika concerns are especially high. And after leaving Fort Myers, the governor held a round-table discussion at a school in Miami-Dade County to further discuss the state's preventive efforts.