>> This is ground zero in the fight against Zika in the United States. Miami, aggressively stepping up efforts to keep mosquitoes at bay. Local businesses like the Shots bar are also doing their part.>> We actually started offering them repellant a couple weeks ago. We knew this was coming.
We've been offering it now for a couple weeks.>> The need to combat the mosquito born virus growing more urgent in recent days since the first locally transmitted cases in the country were reported in Florida. Zika, which can cause the devastating birth defect, microcephaly, in newborns had previously only been found in people who traveled to, or had sex with someone who had been in, areas of South and Central America where the virus was spreading.
But now, the Florida governor's office confirms there are 14 cases of local transmission, prompting the CDC to warn pregnant women against traveling to the Miami neighborhood where the virus was found. Reuters health editor Michele Gershberg.>> The state of Florida has a very robust mosquito control program. They've been active in spraying.
But there is a question of whether or not the spraying efforts, are they working or are they not working? The CDC Director, Tom Frieden, suggested that there is some concern that mosquitoes in the area have developed resistance to some of the commonly used pesticides. And then, the question is if that is the case, what kind of tools do we have at our disposal to prevent those mosquitoes from spreading the disease further.
>> The Centers for Disease Control this week awarding more than $16 million in additional funding to fight the spread of Zika in the US. The money intended as a stop gap measure while Congress remains deadlocked on a request from President Obama to allocate $1.9 billion to fight the virus.
So far, Congress has not been able to agree on a measure, on any kind of financing measure. There have been several proposals in the House and the Senate for much lower sums. Just in the last couple of days we've seen a number law makers step up and say, you know what, we're in an emergency situation, Congress needs to figure out a way to get past this deadlock over the funding.
>> Florida's governor this week, saying Zika is going to be a national issue and that his state is just at the front of it.