Sen. Rick Scott warns of RSV spread in Florida

  • Sen. Rick Scott wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on Tuesday expressing concern over the outbreak of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Florida
  • Though it’s too early to tell how the virus will continue to spread in the state, the Florida Department of Health noted a rising case count in children, as well as a nine-year-high number of RSV hospitalizations for those 65 years and older
  • While the spread of the virus is still developing in Florida, several states have been hard-hit, leading to a shortage of hospital beds, leading Scott to raise an early concern over how the outbreak will be handled
  • In order to receive clarification as to what the HHS’ strategy moving forward will be, Scott submitted a series of six questions that he asks Becerra to respond to by January 3rd. 

Sen. Rick Scott penned a carta to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on Tuesday expressing concern over the surge in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases in Florida.

Scott noted that it’s still too early to know how RSV will develop in Florida, but the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has recorded a rising case count in children, as well as a nine-year-high number of RSV hospitalizations for those 65 years and older.

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