Aerial Spraying to Be Deployed to Fight Zika in Florida

Planes will spray pesticides daily for the next four weeks over the 10-square-mile Zika hot zone near downtown Miami.
2:18 | 08/03/16

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We get the latest on the battle against seek kachlt another locally transmitted case has been discovered in Florida. This time outside the containment zone and authorities are now using planes to battle the mosquitoes. ABC's Eva pilgrim is on the scene in Miami. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: Good morning, George. This is the front line in the fight against zika. Now, even though the county is spraying people are hiring private contractors like mosquito Joe that you see behind me to get these mosquitoes before they bite. This morning, the fight against zika in south Florida also a battle with mother nature. High winds and heavy rains grounding the planned aerial assault that was supposed to start this morning. The county needing optimal conditions to drop pesticides from the sky over a ten square-mile zone north of downtown Miami. Mosquitoes are just tough. Mcs are tough. Man has been battling mosquitoes for over 100,000 years. Reporter: Mosquito control also beefing up their ground effort tripling the number of inspectors going door to door, so far, 15 people contracting zika from infected mosquitoes in south Florida. This clinic in the hot zone now expanding who they are testing for the virus. We're testing every pregnant woman that comes through my desk. They're all getting the blood test. Whether they have symptoms or no symptoms at all. Reporter: Melissa well Cher is due to give birth later this month taking every precaution wearing long sleeves and pants. I just had an ultrasound that was definitely a big relief knowing that the baby is okay. Reporter: This morning concerns zika could rattle the sunshine state's tourism industry, a major fuel to its economy. Some airlines jetblue, delta and southwest aren't charging fees for customers changing their plans. For those making the flight, they're taking every precaution. Kind of scared to come here. I was trying to switch my flight in we'll be using a lot of bug repellent and that's the best we can do right now. I had to come. Reporter: The daily downpours are also causing these puddles you see here. This is prime mosquito breeding ground and that's also making the fight against these mosquitoes harder and having to be constant, robin. All that standing water. Eva, thank you.

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