Palm Beach County: We’ve distributed 240,000 Zika info flyers

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zika2Even as the state Friday revealed two new travel-related cases of the Zika virus in Palm Beach County, the county already has distributed nearly a quarter million flyers educating people about the crisis, County Administrator Verdenia Baker said Friday in an update sent to commissioners and staff.

“We are monitoring this very fluid situation and will take further actions, if necessary. Our goal is to keep our residents and visitors safe,” Baker said in sending the update.

Also Friday. Gov. Rick Scott said that, of 20,000 mosquitoes tested across Florida , not a one has tested positive for the Zika virus, this as the state and its federal partners continue to reduce the danger zone in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.

Baker said Friday that Palm Beach County now has four 2-person crews applying chemicals on the ground, searching for and emptying water containers, and educating residents, and has a person on call in the Glades. She said workers will be armed with “newer, lighter and more effective backpack sprayers and hand foggers.”

Baker also said the county’s mosquito control hotline has received an “unprecedented” volume of calls. She said the county’s health department has begun training local medical professionals to conduct educational seminars with homeowner associations. And she said, several agencies have stepped efforts to find and get rid of illegally-dumped waste tires, which fill with water and become prime mosquito breeder sites.

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Baker said some 240,000 flyers have been distributed. They’re being put in county water bills and sent to county libraries and other county locations as well as Palm Beach International Airport and the Port of Palm Beach. She said the county’s working with local cities and utilities to distribute the materials as well. The flyers include one from Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management (left).

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Palm Beach County gets more state money to fight Zika mosquito

Nearly $90,000 more will go toward trying to control the mosquito behind the Zika virus emergency.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Palm Beach County Commissioners voted to accept $89,001 in Florida Department of Health money. It will go toward labor, equipment and pesticides used to control mosquito larvae and adults.

Read Palm Beach Post coverage: myPalmBeachPost.com/zikavirus

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Gov. Rick Scott hosts Zika roundtable in West Palm Beach

Caribbean_Mosquito_Virus.JPGov. Rick Scott today will gather with local officials in West Palm Beach for a roundtable on the Zika virus.

The event is set for 10 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Health Department, 800 Clematis St.

The Palm Beach County Division of Mosquito Control will spray Tuesday evening, in an effort to keep the mosquito population down for the Fourth of July weekend. But the county says that’s regular spraying for nuisance mosquitos and isn’t very effective against those carrying the Zika virus.