President Obama is sending a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team to Florida in response to a request from Florida Gov. Rick Scott to help fight the increased threat from the Zika virus after the state confirmed that 14 cases of the virus were contracted locally.

"The president is continually getting briefed on the situation in South Florida," White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters Monday. "A team is being deployed by the CDC in short order so that we will be able to work with Gov. Scott's team on the ground in South Florida."

Scott on Monday announced 10 news cases of locally transmitted Zika, and federal health officials issued a travel warning for the Florida area where the virus has been found near Miami.

The governor also called on the CDC to activate an emergency response team to help assist the Florida Department of Health to investigate, collect samples and assist with mosquito control efforts.

The CDC has doled out $2 million in Zika response funding and an additional $27 million in emergency preparedness funding, much of which can be used for Florida's Zika response, Schultz said.

The president's spokesman also blamed Republicans for failing to provide additional money for Zika prevention efforts, arguing that it is hindering the administration's ability to fund more research and slowed the development of a Zika vaccine.

Obama in February asked Congress for nearly $2 billion to combat the virus, but GOP leaders have urged the administration to use the hundreds of millions of untapped funds they previously provided to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa.