UPDATE: The Town of Palm Beach will begin distributing Zika Prevention Kits on Thursday, November 3rd as part of their comprehensive plan to prevent a Zika outbreak in Palm Beach.
Prevention Kits will be put together on Thursday, October 27 at the Civic Association Community Room. Volunteers are being coordinated by Allison Wren, chairperson of the Zika Prevention Kit program. The Civic Association, Citizens' Association, and Town are paying the cost of the kits.
The Zika Task Force Chairwoman and Town Council member Maggie Zeidman got the Zika Prevention Kit suggestion from former Town Council member Bob Wildrick.
The Civic Association supports the Town’s integrated program and this first spraying which is a proactive way to reduce the threat of mosquito breeding and biting. We understand the concerns of some residents but think the program the Town and Task Force has developed are prudent first steps in the protection of residents and visitors.
The Town released this announcement and Q&A late yesterday about the spraying that the Town Council approved:
The Honorable Maggie Zeidman
Important Information Regarding Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Sunday Night
[Town of Palm Beach News Release] To reduce the population of Zika carrying mosquitoes the Town of Palm Beach will be dispensing Duet, an EPA approved aerosol mist, between the hours of midnight and 5:00am on October 24 (Sunday night to Monday morning).
The Town has received a number of questions and concerns in recent days regarding the safety of the insecticide that will be used to reduce the adult mosquito population. Please rest assured that the product is safe and approved for use by the EPA and recommended by the CDC as an effective means for dealing with the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.
Click on the link below to download a full copy of the Town's news release and answers to the questions that have been posed.