SAN JUAN — The Zika virus situation in Puerto Rico was discussed Friday during a meeting between Gov. Alejandro García Padilla and U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, La Fortaleza stated.
According to the statement, the governor called for joint efforts to tackle the spread of the virus on the island, while briefing the secretary on plans currently carried out to eradicate the aedes aegyptis—the mosquito that carries not only Zika, but also dengue and chikungunya.
At least two sources told Caribbean Business that the potential use of the insecticide Naled to fight the propagation of the mosquito was among the topics of Friday’s meeting, which took place in Des Moines, Iowa. García Padilla is participating of the National Governors Association’s summer meeting and will later spend a few days with his family before returning to the island July 20.
While various local sectors have protested plans to carry out aerial spraying of the insecticide, the Center for Disease & Control has green-lit the procedure and awaits García Padilla’s go-ahead.
According to La Fortaleza, both officials also talked about the island’s healthcare system and the need to achieve parity in federal funding under Medicare and Medicaid.