Miami Beach to Spray Powerful Insecticide ‘Naled’ in Zika Fight
Aerial spraying with the powerful insecticide Naled is set to begin Thursday as the fight against the Zika virus ramps up in Miami Beach.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s statement Tuesday that aerial spraying with Naled was to begin came as a reversal on the part of county, state and US government officials.
The order was given because inspections had shown the city’s mosquito population rebounding over the Labor Day weekend. “This is the right and safe thing to do at this time,” Mayor Gimenez said in a written statement.
The order came after consultation with the county, the State of Florida Health Department, the Agriculture Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Gov. Rick Scott, he said. Also, over the weekend, 6 more homegrown Zika virus cases were found there, the Florida State Health Department confirmed Tuesday.
Last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared Miami Beach one of Florida’s 2 Hot Zones, which means local mosquitos are transmitting the virus there. The other Hot Zone is Wynwood, a trendy area of Miami. These 2 areas are the only such Zika Hot Zones in the US so far, the officials say.
Although these are the only Zones where homegrown Zika is being actively transmitted, there are thousands of travel-related cases of Zika cases in the U.S. The Zika virus is considered deadly because it can cause the deadly birth defect microcephaly in babies born to infected mothers and is also linked with neurological disorders in adults.
The use of Naled greatly concerns Miami Beach officials, who had hoped to avoid it by starting to spread BTi from ground trucks early Tuesday morning.
BTi is considered a more environmentally safe insecticide than Nalaed. Although approved for use in the US Naled has been banned in the EU.
Miami Beach officials are not be giving up the fight.
City Commissioner Michael Grieco has been leading the fight against Naled and City Mayor Philip Levine has called for an emergency meeting Wednesday.
The Florida Department of Health reported Tuesday that 577 people in the state have been infected with travel-related Zika, and there are 56 homegrown cases. There are also 80 pregnant infected with the virus.
The Zika virus can make anyone sick for up to a week with the following flu-like symptoms:
- Joint pain.
- Red eyes.
There is no vaccine or treatment for the virus, making prevention essential. Health experts recommend taking the following precautions:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors.
- Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed.
- Use repellents to keep mosquitoes away.
- Use air conditioning and window screens if possible.
- Call your health care provider if you are at risk of infection.
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