The City of Miami Beach is slated to be sprayed again with Naled, a powerful insecticide, despite the continuing controversy over whether its use is warranted in the fight to eliminate Zika.
Friday, Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) credited the use of the toxic insecticide, Naled, with helping rid the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood of the mosquito-borne virus.
Despite intense ground-based mosquito elimination efforts, the disease was still spreading until Florida officials instituted the aerial spraying of Naled to kill adult mosquitoes, along with the ground use of Bti, which kills larva, said Mr. Frieden.
“It was this combination that successfully stopped Zika transmission in Wynwood,” he added.
But the success of Wynwood has not dampened the concern of Miami Beach residents who worry about the health effects of the insecticide. Also Friday, a university biologist released a study on mosquito counts which, he says, casts doubt on the effectiveness of the Naled spraying.
Both Wynwood and Miami Beach are located in Miami-Dade County, which is the only area in the US where homegrown Zika has been found, the CDC says.
The CDC says Zika causes microcephaly, a particularly dangerous birth defect that can cause brain damage and other neurological problems in newborns. The virus is also linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological disorder in adults.
Saturday’s spraying wae the 4th round in Miami Beach, and may be the last, since no additional flights have been scheduled. The spraying was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was moved forward a day to avoid a Sunday triathlon..
According to figures released Friday, the Florida State Department of Health says that the number of homegrown Zika cases in Miami Beach continues to climb, with 3 more cases confirmed. This brings to 95 the number of homegrown Zika cases in Florida.
In the report released by the CDC, officials noted that homegrown Zika had been raging in Latin America, as well as in Puerto Rico, but had not been found in the US until a cluster of cases was discovered in the Wynwood area of Miami, at the end of July.
When homegrown Zika was discovered there, federal health officials originally said that spraying would be ineffective due to the city’s proximity to the Ocean.
But as the number of homegrown Zika cases grew, they instituted the spraying operation earlier this month.
According to Florida International University biologist Philip K. Stoddard, the spraying is unlikely to stop Zika’s spread. Professor Stoddard says that he used mosquito count figures he obtained from Miami-Dade County. He said the figures show that, while use of Naled and Bti drove Wynwood counts down, they have had no such effect in Miami Beach.
“In Wynwood, they were able to knock the mosquito population down to 10% a couple of times but the weren’t able to hold it there. In Miami Beach, from the data I’m seeing, they have not been able to knock it down. So they can continue spraying but it won’t hold the mosquito count down until the weather gets cold and dry,” said Prof. Stoddard.
More spraying bothers many scientiest because they are concerned about the health effects of Naled, which is a powerful neurotoxin.
Naled, a powerful neurotoxin, is a controversial pesticide that has been banned by the EU. But it is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and has been used in Florida since the 1950’s, although this is the 1st time it is being sprayed over Miami Beach.
According to Mr. Frieden, the insecticide “is safe and “when used properly, aerial spraying with Naled for mosquito control does not pose a risk to people or the environment.” Also, there was no uptick in in hospital emergency department visits during the spraying period, the CDC report notes.
Prof. Stoddard disagrees: “Such exposure doesn’t usually put them in the ER but it can cause them to feel very badly, and can cost them the ability to work at their jobs for months, so its not a trivial concern,” he said.
Charles Murray, CEO of Penta5 USA based in Sarasota, FL, said recently, “Always available is our All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite Lotion and I guess for public awareness that something is being done, the authorities have decided to use a chemical solution for the environment [hopefully on a short term basis]. People don’t like chemicals and for sure bees and other insect life will be wiped out in that area.”
“Suggesting that all visitors and anyone threatened by mosquitoes use ANYTIME no-bite Lotion, packed in an easy to carry anywhere VialPaQ™ developed in Florida would appear to be a “no brainer”. Arrive off the plane or cruise liner get a VialPaQ for the number of days in Florida. Check into a hotel get a VialPaQ for each day. Have these available at schools in the risk areas. Have them at all woman’s clinics and social security offices etc. This is taking a lead, a strong home grown solution based on results from Florida’s university to fall back on and now the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine agrees with their no-bite results. All technical reports show the All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite solution is as good as the harmful chemical products used as a repellant by folks. Chemicals are not recommended for children and pets. So a risk area for our young ones.
The various leaders [Governor, Health, Agriculture and Tourism Departmental heads in Florida] are not being heard in DC, where they appear to be dithering around with the Zika problem. I do feel the leadership team will miss the opportunity to allay tourist fears if they don’t do something soon.”
Mr. Murray recommends for pregnant woman, schools, hotels, airport and cruise lines that each individual be given a VialPaQ daily to ensure no-bites.
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