Great news: Zika hits South Beach; officials say spraying not feasible

Great news: Zika hits South Beach; officials say spraying not feasible
The Zika-carrying mosquito Aedes aegypti, no longer on a solo mission in the Western hemisphere. (Image via News Independent)

[Ed. – You gotta want that tan bad now.]

South Beach has been identified as a second site of Zika transmission by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland, and containing it there will be difficult because high-rise buildings and strong winds make it impractical to spray the neighborhood from the air, officials said Friday.

Five cases of Zika have been connected to mosquitoes in Miami Beach, bringing the state’s caseload to 36 infections not related to travel outside the U.S., Florida’s governor and health department announced Friday.

The discovery prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to announce that it was expanding its travel warning for pregnant women to include an area in Miami Beach known for nightclubs, pedestrian thoroughfares and beaches. …

Aerial spraying isn’t practical over South Beach because of the height of its buildings and strong winds over the narrow island city, [CDC Director Tom] Frieden said. Officials will be limited to spraying for mosquitoes at ground level in the highly populated area.

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