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The image above almost seems like a manipulated photo being used to stir up a fake news story. But no, the image is real and being promoted on local news stations in the Miami area.
While Zika mayhem has died down ever since it was a big fat flop at the Olympics, that doesn’t mean that health officials are finished pushing the fears. Officials in Florida are putting out more enhanced efforts to “fight mosquitoes” as a precaution to Zika.
Broward county Florida has ramped up county workers to use “new technology and equipment” in the fight against mosquitoes.
On of the new tools is a fleet of new trucks which dump granulated toxic powders into the wind so that the wind can carry the mosquito repellent into “hard to reach places.”
This is from ABC Miami.
“This one primarily are what we call a continued breeder,” Ton said, “and they bite all day long, so to go out after them when they are in an adult phase is very difficult because they’re flying around, and they’re constantly hiding and biting all day long, so it’s not like we can go spray in the morning and the afternoon, when other mosquitoes are biting, to knock this mosquito down, so we have to target them in a larvae state.”
So the million dollar question, which seems to be conveniently left out of this local news story, is what is the “granulated powder?” It clearly has to be something that’s poisonous enough to kill a mosquito.
This seems more like an excuse to spray people and less of a reasonable response to Zika. Zika is all but another pandemic antique at this juncture. Yet, health officials can’t let it go. Now we are going to put chemicals in the wind, something which we can’t control. The wind, like water, can spread a toxin all over the place without discrimination for people, animals, and places. It isn’t like the wind will decidedly skip over a schoolyard where our kids play.
Now is the time to complain to city and county officials if you are a Florida resident. There is no Zika. This is an unreasonable and dangerous measure to take particularly when there is no issue to battle. There has been no disclosure as to what type of chemical is being seeded in the wind. Wind, like water, is a natural resource that we have a natural right to experience without fear of toxins.