Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health has confirmed that there are no new locally acquired Zika infections to report today. Additionally, the Governor has directed the Florida Department of Health (DOH) to provide Zika testing to pregnant women at all county health departments at no cost. To ensure that Zika tests are processed as quickly as possible, DOH will make available additional lab services to handle the expected increase in tests being administered.
Governor Scott said, “Today, the Florida Department of Health confirmed that there are no new cases of local Zika infection, meaning the state total for locally transmitted infections stands at 15. At this time, DOH continues to believe that active local transmissions are only occurring in the same one square mile area of Miami. While this is good news, and proof that our education and mosquito control efforts are working, we will not become complacent and will continue to aggressively fight against the Zika virus. For this reason, I have directed DOH to make Zika testing available to all pregnant women who would like to be tested at county health departments statewide at no cost. We know Zika is most harmful to pregnant women and their babies and we must work to protect them.