Governor Scott is authorizing an additional $10 million in state funds to fight Zika. In June, Governor Scott used his emergency executive authority to authorize $26.2 million in state funds for Zika preparedness, prevention and response in Florida from the state’s General Revenue fund. Total state funds now authorized for Zika is $36.2 million. The funding will be allocated as needed and will be spent solely for the purpose of Zika preparedness, including:
- Mosquito surveillance and abatement;
- Training for mosquito control technicians;
- Enhanced laboratory capacity; and
- The purchase of CDC Zika Prevention Kits.
Governor Scott said, “This week I met with Congressional members to let them know that the time is up for politics and political debates about a major federal effort to stop Zika and that we need federal action now. Zika is non-partisan and I have been very clear that something had to get done this week. While it doesn’t look like that is going to happen, I will not wait on the federal government to protect Floridians and our visitors. Today, I am authorizing an additional $10 million in state funding to continue combating the Zika virus.