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Public Backlash Delays Zika Spraying In Florida

The hysteria surrounding the Zika virus is spreading but concerned citizens are fighting back. CBS News reports that a government effort to saturate a Florida neighborhood in toxic pesticides was thwarted by protesters. Residents of areas already sprayed are suffering adverse effects. One woman reported that her "tongue for four hours felt so tight, and shaky, I was about to go to the emergency room."

The national media is the primary vector through which the contagion of Zika misinformation is spreading. Many experts agree that the threat of an epidemic outbreak of Zika virus on U.S. soil is virtually nonexistent. It is possible that Zika-carrying mosquitoes are involved in suspected cases of microcephaly, but there are other factors that should be considered. For starters, the outbreak occurred in a largely poverty-stricken agricultural area of Brazil that uses large amounts of banned pesticides. It should be patently obvious that dousing U.S. neighborhoods in similarly toxic chemicals may not be the best way to reduce the risk of birth defects.
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