by Ethan A. Huff, Natural News:
Many Floridians are apparently in panic mode over the possibility of contracting Zika virus, with new reports indicating that municipalities throughout the Miami area are busying spraying insecticide over neighborhoods day in and day out to quell public fears. But the insecticide they’re using, known as “Naled,” is an organophosphate chemical that, ironically enough, is linked to the very same symptoms and health outcomes as Zika itself.
CBS Miami reported just the other day that the popular Miami neighborhood of Wynwood, an artsy tourist destination, is seeing planes regularly spray Naled over homes, businesses and parks. People just aren’t coming to Wynwood anymore because they’re scared of getting bitten by a mosquito that might be harboring Zika, so public health officials are resorting to carpet-bombing the area with chemicals, with the hope of bringing folks back to the downtown business district, which is quickly becoming a ghost town.
Local business owners say they’re seeing few, if any customers, even on the weekend, and local residents say they’re just not willing to take what they believe is a huge risk by going outside, eating at restaurants and socializing with others in public places. One pregnant women from the area by the name of Leslie Isaza, deeply concerned about what Zika might do to her unborn baby, had this to say to reporters:
“My one job is to protect this baby. I can’t get bit by a mosquito.”
“My biggest concern is, the most fearful thing is, I don’t want to have a child with some of the severe cerebral defects that are being talked about, including microcephaly,” said another pregnant mom, Leah Acero.
Their sentiments are valid, perhaps, assuming that what we’re all being told about Zika is even true. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t seem to think Zika is all that big of a deal, though. And while a very small percentage of Zika cases manifest with the types of symptoms many are worried about, the vast majority don’t even show symptoms at all. While taking sensible precautions to avoid mosquito exposure makes sense, fear seems to be driving people to unnecessary extremes.
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