Florida to begin aerial spraying of insecticides to control Zika

by Julie Steenhuysen | Reuters / Yahoo! News  |  published on August 4, 2016

CHICAGO – Florida will conduct an aerial insecticide spraying campaign at dawn on Wednesday in an effort to kill mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, officials in Miami-Dade County said.

The campaign will cover a 10-mile area that includes the one-mile-square area just north of downtown Miami that health officials have identified as the hub of Zika transmission in the state, the officials said on Tuesday.

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning, urging pregnant women to avoid travel to the Miami neighborhood at the center of the investigation.

The Zika outbreak was first detected last year in Brazil, where it has been linked to more than 1,700 cases of microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies. The virus has spread rapidly through the Americas and Caribbean and its arrival in the continental United States has been widely anticipated.

Florida health officials announced another non-travel related case of Zika on Tuesday, bringing the total to 15.

  • InfidelCrusader

    It’s a pity that we won’t use the one insecticide (DDT) that might actually work in getting this problem under control. Past efforts to “save” our environment are making for an environment that is not all that safe now. The law of unintended consequences strikes yet again.

  • Rodney Steward

    I wonder what part of DO NOT go to these places that have this problem did these cuban’s or what ever the race not understand! This is what’s wrong with this country now, WAAAY to many foreigners bringing in way to many diseases !

  • Kent2012

    DDT did a superb job until the hore rachel carson published her great work “silent spring”, loaded with hysterics and untruths the evironmental pubic administration banned it and the resulting deaths in africa alone should have reopened the closer “scientific study”….unfortunately we have a culture of buffoons that think “consensus” is the same thing as research and proof…just set around the coffee shop and BS the answer…

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