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Gov. Scott Cancels Zika Trip To Washington After Storm

Governor's Press Office

FloridaGov. Rick Scott has canceled a trip to Washington, where he was to meet with congressional leaders about fundingfor theZikavirus.

Spokeswoman Jackie Schutz says that Scott will remain in Florida to monitor response efforts to Hurricane Hermine. The state has seen a rise in the number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease over the past month. Congress returns from its seven-week summer break on Tuesday. President Barack Obama requested $1.9 billion in emergency funds in February to develop a vaccine and control the mosquitoes that carry the virus. But lawmakers left Washington in mid-July without approving any of the money. 

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