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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Requests Additional Zika Funding

August 24, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), along with Congressmen Dennis Ross (FL-15) and David Jolly (FL-13), recently sent a letter to bipartisan leaders of Congress requesting additional funding and resources to address the Zika virus.

The members write: “To date, health officials have identified roughly 500 travel-related infections of the Zika virus in the State of Florida. Alarmingly, at least 69 of these cases have been found infecting pregnant women. Additionally, there have been over 40 confirmed cases of non-travel related transmission of the Zika virus in our state… It is time to put politics aside and work together to provide the funding and resources critical for state and local governments to combat this growing threat.”

“The Zika virus is a growing threat in our local communities, and across the nation,” added Congressman Bilirakis. “We recently confirmed a non-travel related case in Pinellas, and concerns are growing every day. This funding would be used to provide more Zika testing kits, support more research, and boost mosquito control and prevention efforts to help us keep our communities safe.”   

Learn more about the Congressman’s work to combat Zika here and read the full letter to leadership here