State Capital Briefs (Afternoon Edition): Tuesday, October 11
The News Service of Florida
The number of reported Zika cases in Florida topped 1,000 on Tuesday, as Gov. Rick Scott announced the state will send another $7.4 million to Miami-Dade County to help with mosquito control. The Florida Department of Health reported nine additional cases of the mosquito-borne virus, bringing the overall total to 1,002. Eight of the new cases were classified as "travel related" --- meaning people were infected elsewhere and brought the virus into Florida --- while one new locally transmitted case was reported in Miami-Dade County. Four of the new travel-related cases were in Broward County, two were in Pinellas County, one was in St. Lucie County, and one involved a pregnant woman. The state does not list the counties in cases involving pregnant women. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects. In all, 104 of the reported cases in Florida involve pregnant women, according to numbers posted on the Department of Health website. Meanwhile Tuesday, Scott's office said the additional $7.4 million will be used in Miami-Dade County for mosquito-control staff and mosquito spraying. The money is part of $61.2 million that Scott earlier authorized for fighting Zika.