Florida Declares a Health Emergency

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four Florida counties: Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa Rosa, the Associated Press reported. So far, there have been nine travel-related cases of Zika virus in the state.

While there have been no local transmissions so far, Scott said he wanted Florida to be ready in case the disease does start spreading locally. Because of the state’s past dengue and chikungunya outbreaks (spread by the same mosquito that carries Zika virus), health officials and experts have pointed out Florida may be at higher risk than other states for a Zika virus outbreak.

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