Fulton County, for its half, mentioned it didn’t cut back funding for 2017 in contrast with 2016. The county “has launched aggressive and coordinated mosquito management efforts,” in response to a handout from a briefing on the county’s Zika efforts. The efforts embrace spraying, larvicide, mosquito surveillance from 12,000 catch basins across the county and training.
While Atlanta has not had any identifiable instances of Zika, Reed mentioned “we predict it’s acceptable that we be ready given the cases we noticed final 12 months within the Miami space.” Mosquitoes transmitted the illness final 12 months in pockets of the Miami-Dade space, inflicting panic amongst pregnant ladies.
The metropolis’s mosquito management program can be expanded with mosquito surveillance at recreation facilities and different “sizzling spots,” mosquito website inspections, larvicide therapy and a public training marketing campaign, Reed mentioned.
Atlanta director of emergency preparedness Ria Aiken mentioned town’s surveillance program will “complement the issues which are occurring at Fulton County.”
Hartsfield-Jackson International, the world’s busiest airport, performs a key function within the public training marketing campaign as a result of nearly all the Zika studies in Georgia have been travel-related, “involving individuals flying into Atlanta via Hartsfield-Jackson,” Reed mentioned.
The airport works with the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mentioned Hartsfield-Jackson basic supervisor Roosevelt Council. Signs and public service bulletins on the airport give data on mosquito management and the Zika virus, whereas airport outlets promote mosquito repellent.