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For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2016
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Manuel Orbis Jr

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Commissioner Sosa wants Miami-Dade County prepared to address Zika


County Commissioners unanimously supported a resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Sosa, asking Congress and the Florida Legislature to allocate funding towards combatting the spread of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade.

The request follows a public health emergency declaration related to the Zika virus made earlier this month by Florida Governor Rick Scott. Since then reported cases have been increasing across the State and in Miami-Dade. While the potential impact of the mosquito-transmitted virus is unclear, it currently has no known cure and can cause fever, rashes, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. More worryingly, it has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly, a rare neurological condition in which an infant's head is significantly smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex. Considering the possible severity of the situation, Commissioner Sosa filed this legislation with an aim to bolster local government’s ability to test for Zika and curb its propagation.

“I commend Governor Scott for moving quickly to address the spread of Zika,” said Commissioner Sosa. “Miami-Dade is potentially at great risk due to our high mosquito population and our position as the Gateway to the Americas, an area that has seen a dramatic rise in cases.” Continued Commissioner Sosa, “We must work together with our State and Federal officials to make sure we have the resources to stop Zika and keep our community safe.”

Microcephaly defined by the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/microcephaly/basics/definition/con-20034823

Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2016/160294.pdf