Planes will spray pesticides over South Beach to fight Zika

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WFLA/AP) – Aerial spraying of the insecticide naled is scheduled over South Beach, where more mosquitoes have tested positive for the Zika virus.

In a statement Tuesday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the flights recommended by Florida health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin Thursday and continue for a month.

Gimenez said the number of Miami Beach mosquitoes found with Zika increased over the weekend. The insects were trapped in a 1.5-square-mile infection zone.

The Florida Department of Health announced seven new non-travel related cases, on Monday, in the Miami Beach area. A new travel-related case in Orange County was also reported by the state this week.

“DOH continues door-to-door outreach and targeted testing in Pinellas, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties and mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place around the locations that are being investigated. DOH believes ongoing transmission is only taking place within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County,” the state said in a news release.

The aerial spraying targets adult mosquitoes. Different pesticides for larvae will be sprayed on the ground.

Citing residents’ concerns about naled, Miami Beach’s mayor has said he didn’t favor aerial spraying, and a city commissioner drafted an ordinance opposing its use. Gimenez said aerial spraying is “the right and safe thing to do at this time.”

Zika Tracker

Here’s a look at the number of Zika cases in Florida by county as reported by The Florida Department of Health. All cases are travel related. Click the red dot to see the latest number of cases.  Data as of Sept. 1, 2016.

Total cases not involving pregnant women: 576

Cases involving pregnant women: 80

Source: The Florida Department of Health


Officials at North Carolina army base report 5 travel-related Zika cases

A spokeswoman at Fort Bragg says there have been five travel-related cases of the Zika virus confirmed since June at the North Carolina Army post.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Gerhart said Tuesday the five cases involved service members or retired military members who traveled outside the U.S., and none has experienced any Zika-related complication Gerhart said none of the cases involved pregnant women.

Gerhart said there are no indications that the cases pose threats to the local population. She said the cases do serve as a reminder for people to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

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