Miami-Dade should stop using Naled to fight Zika
The insecticide, Naled, which was sprayed over an area of Miami-Dade County twice last week and is due to be sprayed again this weekend in an effort to stop the spread of the Zika virus, is a potent neurotoxin that kills adult mosquitoes on contact. The protesters who disagree with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local governments’ assurances that it is safe, are justified in their concerns — ask the European Union, which banned the use of this organophosphate in 2012; the beekeeper in South Carolina who recently lost more than 2 million bees after aerial spraying of Naled; or the governor of Puerto Rico who, despite an escalating outbreak of Zika, refused to use it and sent supplies back to the mainland. He was right to err on the side of caution.
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