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Florida health officials have now confirmed more than a thousand cases of the Zika virus—the mosquito borne disease that can cause severe birth defects.

Five New Cases Bring Florida’s Zika Total To 993

Oct 11, 2016

Five new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus were reported in Florida on Monday, bringing the state's total overall number of individuals who acquired the disease from local mosquitoes to 146, according to information released Monday by the state Department of Health. Overall, there are 933 Zika cases in Florida.

Officials Stretched Budgets To Combat Zika

Oct 10, 2016

As Zika skipped into Puerto Rico and then Florida this summer and threatened to spread northward, an uncoordinated patchwork of mosquito control offices — funded by state health departments, county governments and special tax districts — stretched their budgets in the campaign to track and eradicate mosquito breeding grounds. Though the populations of the two species of mosquito that transmit the Zika virus will thin out in the U.S. by mid-October in colder weather, according to tropical disease experts, they will likely return with a vengeance next year.

Survey: Financial Stress Real Problem For Floridians

Oct 7, 2016

The first part of the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, focusing on the economy and the environment, was released yesterday.
 

The Sunshine State Survey is the most anticipated nonpolitical survey which gathers Floridians opinions on a wide range of economic, social and emerging issues. 

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As South Floridians evacuate ahead of Hurricane Matthew, experts warn this could spread the Zika virus. The storm is expected to hit the east coast—an area of the state with the most local Zika cases. Those fleeing Miami could also take the virus with them.

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