Patrick Murphy combats the Zika Virus.
He met with researchers on Sunday who were trying to see what they can do to help stop the virus
Representative Patrick Murphy is making it his priority to combat the Zika virus in Palm Beach County. He met with researchers on Sunday who were trying to see what they can do to help stop the virus. It’s a virus that is still unknown to scientists, and with more than 75 cases in south Florida, there is a growing concern.
Yesterday, Representative Patrick Murphy met with Scripps scientists working to find a vaccine. He is introducing a legislative package that includes a 10% research tax incentive for any company developing a vaccine. That package will also include a $200 million grant program to fight against all mosquito borne diseases. With the summer months approaching, scientists say there is a growing concern the virus could spread – and with thousands of cases already reported in South America, it’s a virus they are working tirelessly to stop.
The Zika Virus has now been confirmed in Palm Beach County. There are 76 cases statewide, but only three people are still showing symptoms of Zika. Those symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the symptoms can last between seven and 10 days. Health experts are advising pregnant women or women who wish to become pregnant to avoid Zika-affected areas. Be sure to talk with your health care provider if you have any questions about the Zika virus.