- With no federal funding the “swat team” is only able to clear the property of current mosquitoes of people who are currently suspected of having Zika infection.
- Primarily by removing locations of standing water and use of larvicide
- They rarely deal with possible mosquitoes in property of neighbors
- They appear to be unaware that the Zika mosquito does not lay eggs in standing water like most other mosquitoes.
- “Leave out the birth defects and Zika is mild compared with Dengue, which can kill, and Chikungunya, which causes victims to hunch over in pain”
- Note - Miami county has a ban on spraying mosquitos as doing so would upset the ecosystem.
This may be nullified by the state law
- Note: New mosquitos are hatched several times a month, but the “swat team” does not have funding for bi-weekly visits
- 1 "swat team" member per 200,000 population in county
Brazil has 1 person by 1,000 population in country (220,000 troups for population of 200 million)
- 200X fewer "boots on the ground" to fight the enemy in the US
- Eggs laid “. . in the well at the bottom of the leaves of a bromeliad . . “
- Zika is not “coming” to the United States: It is already here - May 2016
- Zika tests of asymptomatic pregnancies give poor results – so don’t test – May 2016
- Of US pregnant women who were tested for Zika, 279 were positive – how many are actually infected - May 2016
- A zika-like virus killed 10 percent of those in America’s capital, Philadelphia
- Zika pregnancies: 950 new this week in Columbia – May 2016
- Four antiviral strategies – includes vitamin D – Vasquez Dec 2014
- Zika control – genetic engineered mosquitoes being tried in a Florida area – June 2016
- Florida Zika Virus Cases Near 170 June 6, 2016