Exclusive: In Florida Zika probe, federal scientists kept at arm's length

July 29, 2016 10:31 PM

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Exclusive: In Florida Zika probe, federal scientists kept at arm's length

CHICAGO The state of Florida, the first to report the arrival of Zika in the continental United States, has yet to invite a dedicated team of the federal government's disease hunters to assist with the investigation on the ground, health officials told Reuters.

Coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since the state reported possible local Zika transmission on July 19 has been conducted largely at a distance, they said. That is surprising to some infectious disease experts, who say a less robust response could lead to a higher...

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