Rep. Jolly urges CDC to Concentrate Funding to Fight Zika on Florida and Areas of High Risk

Press Release

Date: Sept. 30, 2016
Location: Seminole, FL

U.S. Representative David Jolly (FL-13) sent a letter today to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging the agency to focus its new funding from Congress to fight Zika on regions of high risk and high need like Florida.

In his letter, Jolly noted Florida remains at the epicenter of the spread of the Zika virus within the continental United States. He pointed out as of September 21st, every locally acquired case of Zika within the continental United States has been in Florida. Additionally, the state has had 652 travel-associated cases.

Yet in August when the CDC distributed funds, Florida received only $720,000.

"This meant that, within the continental United States, the state with the greatest presence of locally acquired cases of the virus (received) only 4.5 percent of the funding," Jolly wrote.

The Florida Congressman does not want that repeated.

This week the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate approved $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus.

When combined with funds already reprogrammed for Zika response activities, the total available resources to respond to the Zika virus are $1.7 billion.

Last month, Jolly made national news when he brought a jar of mosquito larvae to the House floor to help convey the fear and anxiety so many Americans have over Zika.