MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The price tag in the battle against the Zika virus has risen to nearly $30 million in Miami-Dade.READ MORE: Florida's Lobster Mini Season Is Nearly Here
That figure is based on a contracting request the Miami-Dade County Commission approved Tuesday.
The request details $5 million for insecticide, including larvae-killing tablets dropped into 150,000 storm drains. The county also plans to hire a full-time entomologist.READ MORE: CDC Recommends Face Masks For Fully Vaccinated People Again In Some Indoor Settings
A spokesman for County Mayor Carlos Gimenez says the county has spent about $25 million since June 2016. The request also includes additional costs the county will ask the state to cover.
Gimenez told commissioners the county conducted nearly 51,000 mosquito inspections after the Zika infections were confirmed.MORE NEWS: Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho On Mask Use For Upcoming School Year: 'Decision Cannot Be Rushed'
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