MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Congresswoman and Miami Beach’s mayor say more federal resources are needed to combat the spread of the Zika virus in South Florida.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine will hold a news conference Monday at a popular Miami Beach cafe in an effort to urge Congress to return from its summer break to deal with the virus outbreak.
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 for a seven-week recess without approving any of the money.
Mosquito-borne Zika cases have been found in two neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County.
They’re the first areas on the U.S. mainland where health officials determined mosquitoes were transmitting Zika.