Fight against Zika draws lawsuit to stop Mosquito spraying

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.

Zika, at present, appears to be under control in South Florida. The Centers for Disease Control life all travel recommendations for Miami-Dade and declared the risk low for contracting the disease.
 “Right now, there’s a very low threat of Zika. They’re not finding Aedes aegypti in the traps,” Hall said.

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.”

Read the whole Miami Herald story by clicking here.

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Sex toys that spy? Manufacturer settles lawsuit

First microwaves, now vibrators.

The manufacturer of a “smart vibrator” agreed to pay customers $3.2 million after a lawsuit was filed that alleged the sex toy tracked the owners’ use without their knowledge.

We-Vibe agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle the class-action lawsuit filed in Illinois federal court.  The vibrators advertised that it would allow users to “turn on your lover” via a Bluetooth connection, according to The New York Times.

“The usage information collected by Standard Innovation through We-Connect is extraordinarily intimate and private,” according to court documents from the plaintiffs.  The lead plaintiff said she bought a $130 We-Vibe Rave and downloaded the app but was never warned her use would be tallied, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Among problems with the device, reported in The Guardian, the app that controls the vibrator had security and privacy vulnerabilities, allowing anyone with a bluetooth range to seize control of the device.

Data that was sent back to We-Vibe’s owner – Standard Innovation – included the temperature and intensity of the device.

Standard Innovation said in a statement it takes customer privacy and data security seriously.

“We have enhanced our privacy notice, increased app security, provided customers [with] more choice in the data they share, and we continue to work with leading privacy and security experts to enhance the app.

Now if we can just get President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway to again explain to us about those microwaves.

Escaped psychiatric patient’s death lands in Florida Supreme Court

The death of an escaped psychiatric patient will be explored by the Florida Supreme Court.

Health News Florida reports Monday that state’s high court will review the case of the woman who died after escaping from Shands Vista psychiatric hospital. Ashley Lawson died when struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 in Alachua County.

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Florida Supreme Court will hear case centered on escaped patient from psychiatric hospital.

Lawson escaped from the hospital in January 2013 after taking an employee’s keys and badge and was hit by a truck after going onto Interstate 75 in Alachua County, according to court documents and news reports.

The woman’s estate filed a negligence suit. The hospital argues that the case should be handled as an allegation of medical malpractice. It is a technical defense because in medical-malpractices cases the plaintiff must give pre-suit notice.

Thus, this is really an effort to dismiss the lawsuit.

The 1st District Court of Appeal agreed with the hospital’s argument, prompting the estate to seek a Supreme Court ruling that the case is about negligence instead of medical malpractice.