TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With Florida’s Department of Health announcing two new cases of the Zika virus in Florida Monday, officials are calling for Washington, D.C. to help fight the virus. Gov. Rick Scott will visit the capitol Wednesday to try to make a case for why the state needs resources.
Concerns about the Zika virus led Major League Baseball to relocate a planned Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game that was supposed to be held in Puerto Rico.
The Zika virus, which is linked to a variety of health problems, is creating a buzz around the governor's office. Scott hopes to swat away the problem before it gets any bigger.
"The federal government needs to come together, work together, and provide the funding for the things that are necessary to our states," Scott said.
Scott hopes to convince Congress that they need to help prepare Florida for a potential health crisis. There have been 107 travel-related cases in the state.
"Whether it’s more money for our mosquito boards, whether it’s to make sure we have the right testing kits," Scott said.
His visit comes at a time when two Florida senators are pushing for a $1.9 billion emergency funding plan to fight the spread of the Zika virus. Sen. Bill Nelson said there's potential for a genetically modified mosquito to be released.
"This is altering a gene in the genetic makeup of the Egypti mosquito to turn off that mosquito's ability to reproduce," Nelson said.
If a modified mosquito isn't the answer, it might be money for things like education or getting rid of standing water
There have been nearly 500 cases of Zika reported in the U.S. so far, all of them travel-related.