@alextdaugherty @ESCochrane @PatriciaMazzei
The Zika virus arrived in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood last week. The politicians came Thursday.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson handed out mosquito-repellent wipes. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson advocated for safe sex. Florida Gov. Rick Scott zig-zagged from the Miami Under Ground coffee shop to the LiveNinja HQ start-up to Zak the Baker.
Their message: Don’t panic. But take Zika seriously. And please, please, please drain any water that could help breed more mosquitoes.
Oh, and if Washington could do something, that’d be nice, too.
“The president and Congress have to figure out how to work together,” said Scott, a Republican, who had taken some political heat for not traveling to Miami soon after public-health authorities confirmed first cases of locally transmitted Zika last Friday. “I have to work with my legislature if I want to get anything done. This is a national, international issue — and I think the federal government has failed us.”
The denunciations didn’t stop there.
Photo credit: Andre C. Fernandez, Miami Herald staff