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For Immediate Release:
June 07, 2016
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Manuel Orbis Jr

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Miami-Dade calls on Capitol Hill to finalize Zika funding


Today, County Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution urging Congress to reach a compromise on funding to combat the Zika virus.

Commissioner Sosa filed the resolution in response to the current uncertainty on the issue taking place on Capitol Hill. This past February, President Obama requested $1.9 billion, an amount supported by U.S. Senators Nelson and Rubio, to deal with the virus. However, both the Senate and the House recently advanced significantly less in funding with $1.1 billion and $622.1 million respectively.

Making matters worse, we are now in the rainy season and facing an increased risk for the spread of Zika. While not generally life threatening to adults, the virus has been linked to microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. More worryingly for South Florida residents, over half of all reported Zika cases in the state come from this community. In light of this growing public health emergency, Commissioner Sosa's resolution calls upon the members of the Miami-Dade County Congressional Delegation to help secure the funding necessary to address the Zika virus.

"Zika is a very real threat that we must all take seriously," said Commissioner Sosa. "As we wait for the Federal government to help us, we must all do our part and make sure we cover up and drain any standing water in our homes and businesses. I commend Senators Nelson and Rubio and all the members of our Congressional delegation who have been advocating for our community."

Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2016/161253.pdf

Link to Mosquito Control Information: http://www.miamidade.gov/solidwaste/mosquito-control.asp

Tips to eliminating mosquito breeding around your home: http://www.miamidade.gov/solidwaste/library/brochures/mosquito-protection-english.pdf