After heavily researching both sides of an argument on whether spraying mosquitos is the most effective way to deal with the zika virus, I have came to the conclusion in which I believe that, spraying land with pesticides to decrease the amount of zika virus carrying mosquitos is not effective because the benefits do not out weigh the negative health risks.
The horrible health risks that the spray causes as mentioned before, in my last article on aerial spraying on mosquitos not effective, naled the chemical used in this spray can cause respiratory problems and other implications that can ultimately resort in death.
Although the pesticide can kill some zika virus carrying mosquitos, further research has shown that the spray can lead to autism. From The Institute For Natural Thinking(INH) webpage, it states that “They looked at an area of New York state. In neighborhoods with aerial spraying, one in 120 children was diagnosed with autism or developmental delays. In areas without aircraft pesticide application, only one in 172 kids had such problems.”This spray relating to autism multiple times is a linked result to the growth of autism in certain cities.
In an earlier post called Aerial Spraying Mosquitos, A Key Component I said that spraying for the zika virus reduce both young and adult mosquitos, but now with further research I see that that information is incorrect. On health website I saw that it states “Spraying affects adults, but it does not usually kill the immature forms — the eggs and larvae,’ said [study co-author Dr. Robert] Tesh. As a result, ‘spraying will reduce transmission, but it may not eliminate the virus.” This statement proves my old research incorrect on how the spray helps the zika virus situation.
Government officials need to also stop lying about the powers the pesticides have during the sprays on Miami New Times website there is an article in which points out the lies that the Miami Department of Health have made. When a question came up, asking if the naled is banned in Europe the officials answered back saying “No that is not true.” The answer that the officials gave back is a complete lie and the Miami new times had no problem pointing them out and proving them wrong.
What I would do or like to see if I had control over this situation is have the government realize that this method of disease control is not effective and has many scary side effects that should be listed on their government websites. As well as getting this spray disproved from the FDA and have it no longer used in America just like this way of using pesticides and the chemical naled is not allowed in other countries such as the European union.
The negative situations and problems that come form this spray do not compensate for the good, the government need to realize what is better for us and what will benefit us and not hurt us and that is why I support that spraying mosquitos is not an effective way to deal with the zika virus.