Florida has confirmed its first sexually-transmitted case of the Zika virus of this year. That comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are changing their recommendations for testing pregnant women for the disease. The new guidance means more patients may go without screening.
There’s a new host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Last month, Lulu Garcia-Navarro took over the role for Rachel Martin—the new co-host of Morning Edition. Garcia-Navarro is widely known for her award-winning work as NPR's Foreign Correspondent and most recently reported on Brazil's Zika crisis. WFSU's All Things Considered Host Sascha Cordner spoke to Garcia-Navarro about her NPR background, before talking to the Florida native about her new role.
There are now more than 1,200 cases of the Zika virus in Florida, and about a fifth are locally contracted cases via Florida mosquitoes. So, health officials are reminding Floridians to continue taking preventive measures to combat the disease.
The U.S. Senate announced Thursday that a bipartisan Zika funding deal has been struck and a vote could take place next week. But, in the meantime, Governor Rick Scott has authorized $25 million to go toward researching a vaccine to combat the Zika virus.