More Naled Spraying for Zika Mosquitoes in Miami Beach
Another round of aerial spraying in Miami Beach using Naled appears certain for Sunday, as the number of Zika cases continues to rise and a local attempt to stop the operation failed Wednesday.
Miami Beach is one of the only 2 areas in the US where the virus is being locally transmitted. At a Miami Beach Commission meeting today, residents packed the chambers, urging a halt in the spraying, which uses the powerful pesticide Naled. But the move failed, paving the way for the next round of spraying early Sunday morning.
The aerial spraying in the city, which includes touristy South Beach, began on 9 September, after it was ordered by Miami-Dade County. The move was also backed by the governor’s office, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in hopes of stopping the spread of locally transmitted Zika, a mosquito-born disease that causes devastating birth defects.
Wednesday, Florida’s state health department officials reported an additional homegrown case in Miami Beach, raising the total to 71 Florida residents who have acquired the disease.
Earlier this week, eight more homegrown cases had been reported, four associated with Miami Beach, and 1 identified from Wynwood, the Miami neighborhood where homegrown Zika was first found in the US. This brings to 805 the total number of both homegrown and travel related cases in the state.
At the meeting, Commissioner Michael Grieco offered a motion directing the city to go for an injunction to halt the spraying. His move failed after Miami Beach City Attorney Raul J. Aguila told the commission it would likely be futile. “Under state law, this is not the commission’s final say, they are not the ones in control here,” he said.
However Commissioner Kristen Rose Gonzalez’s motion, which calls upon the county to “urgently” explore alternative, less toxic measures, passed. “If poison falls on the sky it’s not only falling on you, it’s falling on me too. But we don’t want lawsuits, we want independent research we can trust,” Ms. Gonzalez told the protesters, who repeatedly interrupted her calls for “No More Naled.”
Since the spraying began, residents have sent emails to city officials complaining of getting sick, local resident Michael Capponi told the panel. “We have children and we have parents who have been sick from this poison, we’ve had people write letters with pictures of children’s rashes – so when they say my kid has a stomach ache, my kid is throwing up, this is a pretty serious situation,” he said.
Naled, which is a neurotoxin, is a controversial pesticide that has been banned by the European Union. But it is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and has been used in Florida since the 1950’s, although this is the 1st time it is being sprayed over Miami Beach.
While there are currently thousands of cases of Zika in the US, Miami Beach and Wynwood are the only 2 zones where the mosquito-born virus is being locally transmitted, the CDC says.
Zika poses a threat to pregnant women because it causes microcephaly, a particularly devastating birth defect that causes babies to be born with too-small heads and brain damage.
Since the Zika crisis began, “at least” two babies in the state have been born with microcephaly, Dr. Anna Marie Likos of the Florida State Health Department, told the panel. Florida health officials have been monitoring 86 women, and of these, 40 have given birth. The other babies are being monitored out of concern that problems could show up later, Likos added.
The virus is also being blamed for other neurological ailments in adults, including Guillain-Barre, which is a syndrome occurring in adults that causes temporary paralysis.
In an estimated 4-of-5 cases, Zika has no symptoms, so the City of Miami Beach has been offering free testing for residents living and working there.
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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