On Thursday, Annette Taddeo — a Democrat running against Curbelo (and facing a tough primary battle against former Congressman Joe Garcia) — held an event focused on Zika outside Curbelo’s office in Miami.

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Mosquitoes are an annoying fact of life in Florida. Now, they might also be carrying the next major political issue for the fall campaign.

Amid fears that the mosquito-borne Zika virus could soon make its way to the continental United States — there have already been cases in Florida and elsewhere linked to overseas travel — the disease has rapidly moved up the list of concerns for Florida politicians. The state is close to Latin America, which has been hit hard by cases of Zika contracted from mosquitoes, and is home to a large number of people from Puerto Rico, where the virus also has quickly become a problem.


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