MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Another round of aerial spraying for Miami Beach is set for this Saturday in the city and county’s battle to control the Zika virus.
Weather permitting, a plane loaded with insecticide naled will take off around 6 a.m. The spraying will take about half an hour.
The aerial spraying to kill adult mosquitoes will treat a 1.5 square mile area of the city’s Zika hot zone bounded by 8th Street to the south, 28th Street to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Biscayne Bay to the west. The so-called Zika hot zone on Miami Beach extends to 63rd Street.
While it is not necessary to take any special precautions during aerial spraying activities, individuals with known allergic reactions should remain indoors. Additionally, beekeepers are advised to keep their bees covered during spraying operations.
On Wednesday, the state’s Department of Health announced one new non-travel related case. There are currently 89 non-travel-related Zika cases in Florida and 678 travel-related cases.
Zika infections are mild for most people but can cause severe brain-related birth defects, including a dangerously small head, if women are infected during pregnancy.