The Northern Kentucky Health Department notified the Kentucky Department of Agriculture first so that it could spray a chemical in and around the neighborhood where the person lives or works.
That chemical, according to police, is known as "Duet Adultcide."
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That was a problem, according to Alexandria Police, who believe they should have been kept in the loop as a measure of public safety. That's when Alexandria Police took to Facebook to describe what they know about the situation.
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"We respect and will protect the privacy of the individual. However, we are concerned that you, the public, were not notified, especially if your home/property was sprayed with an insecticide without your prior knowledge. This chemical has the potential to affect aquatic life and crops according to the manufactures website.
Yes, it is a public health issue. They can and did spray without notification. We feel you should have been notified, so you could keep your doors and windows closed overnight.
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"We have been refused any additional information, location, neighborhood, north, south, east or west. The Northern Kentucky Health District refused to share that information with first responders. The only confirmation we did receive was 'it was within the incorporated limits of the City of Alexandria.'"
Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Departmens said precautions had to be taken and decisions to spray a particular area are made jointly by the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Northern Kentucky Health Department.She said that many other areas of Kentucky regularly spray for mosquitoes. Lexington and Louisville have had mosquito spraying for more than a decade, initially to help prevent a variety of mosquito-borne diseases.
“We understand that many people are concerned about one measure to control mosquitoes—targeted application of insecticide by the Kentucky Department for Agriculture; however, this is an important public health precaution.
The Department of Agriculture has assured us that the product used, Duet, meets stringent standards and is registered for use by the Environmental Protection Agency. When properly used by trained professionals, insecticides do their job and biodegrade quickly. Such products are considered safe to use around people or pets. Spraying is done at night as an additional safeguard," said Saddler.
Alexandria Police say they have been working with departments in Miami, Florida, where the virus is more prevalent.
"The virus has proliferated itself all through Florida, especially in the Miami area. They are dealing with it openly and honestly. Secrecy is dangerous and often the downfall of government. That's why our city departments felt so strongly about getting this info out," said police. "There is also a responsibility to notify the public at large of the threat."
As for the Alexandria who had contracted Zika, police said they do not believe there is much of a threat to public at this point.
Saddler said that all Northern Kentuckians can help with Zika prevention by taking steps to control the mosquito population.
· Whenever possible, remove potential causes of standing water. This could include clogged storm drains, catch basins, drainage ways, junk/debris, tire dumps, etc.
· Reduce mosquito resting sites near areas where people may gather by keeping grass mowed and free of discarded garbage such as plastic cups, bottle lids, etc.