Health officials explained that aerial spraying of insecticides prevents the spread of Zika in South Florida.
The state confirmed over 74 cases of viral infection causing unfortunate congenital disabilities. The state was the only state in the U.S. to report any local infections.
To eliminate and fight back against the mosquito carrying the virus, they used a combination of insecticides, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in partnership with the Florida Department of Health.
They found ground spraying to be ineffective, so they utilized aerial spraying with the insecticides mixed with Bacillus thuringensis. This procedure significantly decreased the population of mosquitos and the local transmission of Zika, as said by Dr. Tom Frieden. Frieden, director of CDC, explained this in an afternoon media briefing.
According to Frieden, “This really heralds a new era of [mosquito] control. It appears that the aerial application of the one-two punch can rapidly interrupt transmission. It doesn’t mean that the area is immune from future spread, but the findings are quite striking.”
This combination of insecticides and pesticides destroy both the larvae and the insect preventing the prevalence of these mosquitos.
Frieden explained that this comprehensive mosquito-control program aims to encourage people to eliminate the standing water in their properties and protect themselves against mosquito bites by aerial and ground spraying in hard-to-reach areas.
According to Frieden, it’s impossible to know the long-term effectivity of the spraying because this breed of mosquito is unpredictable.
Fortunately, the mosquito population in Miami decreased significantly. They analyzed the reduced population by using mosquito traps.
People have raised concerns over the pesticides and the possible effects on human health, but Frieden reassured that they are safe when used as directed. No health problems have been reported about the pesticides.