The aggressive fight against the Zika virus is drawing some opposition when it comes to mosquito spraying.
A Miami Beach doctor filed a federal lawsuit, according to The Miami Herald, arguing that using the pesticide naled poses a health risk. It claims Miami-Dade County — the epicenter last summer of Zika in Florida — failed to give residents enough notice to prepare or take proper precautions.
Dr. Michael Hall also says the county failed to follow Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
The lawsuit was filed just before Miami-Dade dosed a large part of the coast in Miami-Dade on Monday with the insecticide.
Naled is not new. It has been used to fight mosquitoes in mangroves and marshes for decades. But with Zika — an illness carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito that caused birth defects if contracted by pregnant women — the use of the pesticide has been expanded into neighborhoods.
Environmentalists have complained is harmful to fish and pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies.
Critics of naled point to a recent study of Chinese babies born to mothers exposed to the pesticide found decreased motor function at nine months. A 2016 study found a 25 percent increase in the rate of autism in areas where aerial spraying is conducted.
“What are we doing to our future generations? We have autism off the charts. Are we not connecting the dots?” Hall asked. “We have less lethal means to take care of Zika.”
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