CDC director meets with Gov. Scott, state and local leaders in response to Zika cases contracted

Posted at 9:04 PM, Aug 04, 2016

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visited the Wynwood community on Thursday.

The visit comes just a few days after the CDC issued a travel warning for pregnant women, urging them to avoid this part of Miami-Dade County after more than a dozen people contracted the Zika virus there.

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On Thursday, the county used aerial spraying for the first time, as staff try to control the mosquito population.

"I'm very impressed with how intensive the control activities are," Dr. Frieden said.

While staff work to tackle the mosquito population, Frieden urges residents to do their part as well.

"Get rid of anywhere the mosquito can breed. That means birdbaths, that means discarded cups, that means discarded containers, this is a very difficult mosquito to control," he said.

Frieden seemed confident that the mosquitos carrying Zika in the Wynwood area won't spread outside of that community.

"It doesn't travel more than 500 feet in its life so our goal is to work in support of the county and the state and the city here to work quickly to stop it here," Frieden said.

Governor Rick Scott seemed confident in the state's efforts to control the problem, but he wants federal assistance.

Nearly $2 billion in federal assistance was requested but was denied by Congress.

President Barack Obama also voiced his frustration towards the move during a press conference on Thursday.

Governor Scott said, "I'm frustrated with the federal government. I don't think they've been a great partner. Congress shouldn't have gone on recess. The president and Congress have to learn how to work together like I work with my legislature. They've got to figure out how to be a better partner."

He added, "The federal government itself needs to realize this is a national issue-- not just a Florida issue."

Through his emergency power, the governor said he pulled more than $26 million from the state budget to help with the fight against Zika.

"It's going to mosquito eradication, it's going to lab testing, it's going to boots on the ground to get rid of standing water... whatever people are doing, if they need more then they can come to us. We're going to help them," the governor said.