MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSIONER REBECA SOSA ON ZIKA VIRUS: “WE NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HELP US PROTECT PREGNANT WOMEN, RESIDENTS, VISITORS, AND OUR TOURISM-BASED ECONOMY.”
"Today, as I did in April, I once again stood alongside United States Senator Marco Rubio in a repeat appeal to the federal government for funding to address the public health emergency that the Zika virus poses in Miami-Dade County. I am grateful to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez who has proactively allocated emergency funding from our County budget for aerial mosquito spraying. However, to enhance our efforts of protecting the health of pregnant women, our residents, our visitors, our families, and the strength of our tourism-based economy, we need the federal government to allocate the $350 million of unspent emergency funding being held by the President. Zika is non-partisan, and so are the unborn babies that we must protect. This morning I spoke with Florida Governor Rick Scott, and thanked him for his commitment to help Miami-Dade County fight the Zika virus. More importantly, while we continue to aggressively pressure the Congress, the Senate, and the President to take action, Miami-Dade County residents and visitors should protect themselves by heeding the advice of health professionals by covering up, using repellants, and draining standing water. "
Miami-Dade County Commissioner