Yoho Joins Florida Congressional delegation letter urging the CDC to allocate more Zika funding to Florida
Gainesville, FL– Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03), in another effort to help contain the spread of Zika, joined the entire Florida delegation in sending a letter to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Frieden, asking him to increase the share of federal funding to combat the virus. Congressman Yoho agrees with other Florida House Members, that the situation in Florida demands a greater portion of federal funds to fight Zika than the state has been receiving to date. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement:
“Florida is on the front line of the battle against the Zika virus. There are now 15 confirmed non-travel related Zika infections in Florida with the potential for that number to grow. Florida should and must receive an appropriate amount of funds and assistance to battle this growing threat. I hope CDC Director Frieden acknowledges the issues outlined by the entire Florida delegation in this letter and reexamines the formula that only appropriated 4.5% of the recently announced funds to combat Zika.
“The announcement by the CDC that the state of Florida will only receive $720,000 out of $16 million for the detection and monitoring of microcephaly and other adverse birth outcomes as a result of Zika virus infection is laughable. The allocation of these funds should be based on risk and right now, Florida is on the front lines of combatting and containing the spread of the Zika virus."