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For Immediate Release:
July 21, 2016
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Manuel Orbis Jr

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Commissioner Sosa wants to make sure expecting mothers have access to free Zika testing


Commissioner Sosa advanced legislation asking our federal and state governments for assistance in providing free Zika virus testing for pregnant women. Moreover, the resolution calls for the test to be incorporated as standard protocol during prenatal care.

Although the Zika virus can cause mild symptoms in adults, its effect on developing fetuses is far more severe. There is correlation between the virus and birth defects such as Microcephaly Worryingly, instances of the virus affecting women are on the rise across the country with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing this May that they are monitoring 341 pregnant women for Zika. Locally there have been 40 cases of pregnant women monitored for the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County.

Commissioner Sosa's resolution urges the United States Congress, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Florida Legislature, and the Florida Department of Health to implement testing for Zika as standard protocol during prenatal care and supply sufficient funding to offset the costs to patients.

"We have seen the terrifying effects the Zika virus has had on babies throughout South America," said Commissioner Sosa. "I want to make sure our community has all of the tools necessary to prevent its spread here and provide our expecting mothers with this valuable test."

Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2016/161659.pdf