The Town Council approved on Monday a plan to kill the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus by treating catch basins of standing water with larvacide and by spraying town-wide to kill adult mosquitoes.
Council members decided that residents must be notified 10 days before the town-wide spraying, a one-time treatment that will be done by truck in a single night between midnight and 5 a.m., when people are indoors. Spraying will occur along all 77 miles of public streets in town. An exact date was not set but the council said the Wellington contractor must do the job by Oct. 31, before many seasonal residents return to town.
Six More Mosquito-Borne Zika Infections Reported in Miami-Dade
Florida health officials on Monday reported six more mosquito-borne Zika infections in Miami-Dade County, including two cases linked to Miami Beach and one involving an out-of-state resident likely exposed to the virus in Wynwood in July.
The other three local infections are under investigation to determine where exposure to the virus occurred, according to the Florida Department of Health, whose epidemiologists are conducting 10 investigations in Miami-Dade, including one in Miami Beach, where officials have identified active spread of Zika by mosquitoes in a 4.5-square-mile area covering most of South Beach and Middle Beach.
County officials have reported finding mosquitoes that tested positive for Zika at seven different locations in Miami Beach since late August, indicating that the virus is well-established in the affected areas.