The Latest on the Zika outbreak in Florida
Florida is bracing for a Zika outbreak.
That’s according to Gov.
Rick Scott, who declared a state of emergency Wednesday, which will give local emergency management agencies the power to deal with the spread of the virus.
Scott says the state is prepared to handle a Zika epidemic.
“As of today, we are fully prepared for a potential outbreak in the state of Florida,” Scott said Wednesday in a statement.
“This is our most immediate concern and we will respond appropriately to any threats to public health.”
Scott says that as of Wednesday, Florida has received 2,923 cases of Zika, and he’s asking residents to keep their doors and windows shut, stay indoors and wear gloves.
Scott has urged the state to take immediate steps to prevent mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.
The governor says that residents in the Miami metro area should be able to stay home or go to a doctor if they’ve had symptoms of Zika.
Scott says that Miami-Dade County has received 1,955 cases of the Zika virus, which is slightly higher than the previous week.