U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy meets with Jupiter scientists studying - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy meets with Jupiter scientists studying Zika

JUPITER, Fla. - Lawmakers are keeping a close eye on Zika, especially after the first travel-related case was discovered in Palm Beach County this week.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy met with a research team in Jupiter studying the virus.

Rep. Murphy toured a laboratory at the Scripps Research Institute.

He met with scientists developing a vaccine to combat Zika.

Scientists say what's most concerning about the virus is that it can penetrate the placenta.

"We are strongly committed to making a potent antibody that can be used safely in pregnant women," said Michael Farzan, an immunology and microbial science professor.

"We are all very concerned about this potential outbreak," said Congressman Murphy. "We want to make sure our local scientists around the country are doing all the research possible."

Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.