Florida Governor Rick Scott announced 10 new cases of Zika across Florida on Monday. There have now been 14 cases of the Zika virus confirmed in the state over the course of the last week.
Governor Scott is requesting emergency response from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 14 Floridians who have contracted the virus, 12 are men and 2 are women.
Zika causes birth defects in children, most notably in the form of a smaller or deformed head. The disease was fist discovered in Brazil, where this year’s summer Olympics are about to be held, prompting fears the disease could spread even further into the United States.
Congress drew criticism when it ended its session without coming to a compromise on a bill that would provide $1 billion worth of funding to Zika research and prevention.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce a travel advisory for pregnant women in the coming days.