Kaiser Health News
This story has been updated and was first published on Aug. 29.
The aerial-spraying campaign against Zika-carrying mosquitoes continues in two Florida counties this week, and if the blitz succeeds as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes, it could be one for the record books.
Scant published research exists to prove aerial spraying works against the adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry Zika. Many experts in tropical diseases dismiss insecticide spraying from low-flying planes because they say the urban dwelling species may escape the killer spray by living indoors.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden refuted skeptics recently when he told reporters that Miami-Dade’s aerial spraying of the insecticide naled — in a fine mist fired from planes about 100 feet off the ground — had been found to consistently kill more than 90 percent of Aedes aegypti in traps. [Read more…]