KEY WEST, Flor. (INTELLIHUB) — Officials in the city are divided whether or not to divert $6 million in funding that was already appropriated to be spent on city housing and parking projects to aid in the fight against the Zika virus, according to a local radio program which aired Thursday.
Mosquito Control hunter seeker teams have been dispatched throughout the city and are actively stepping up efforts to eradicate the blood sucking species that commonly carries Zika.
An unnamed Mosquito Control worker told Intellihub’s Shepard Ambellas that his team had been given ’emergency authority’ to “trespass” on private property in order to better enter data into a new cell phone app that is currently being used by the agency.
Due to the outbreak in several Florida counties aerial spraying efforts have increased in frequency around the city and and Intellihub staffers were even hit in the eye with droplets of the highly poisonous insecticide that’s being sprayed out of helicopters at only 50 feet above ground level (AGL).
On a national level President Obama called for $1.7 in emergency Zika funding before being turned down by Congress. However, some believe the slush fund will eventually be approved for around $1.2B.