Puerto Rico’s governor announced Friday that he will not authorize aerial spraying with the insecticide naled to fight an increase in Zika cases as U.S. health officials have urged.
Instead, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said he will support the spraying of Bti, an organic larvicide. He said it should be sufficient to fight the mosquito-borne virus along with other ongoing efforts, but hoped no child would be “born with congenital defects because of the decision I took.”
Zika can cause microcephaly, a rare defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.
Puerto Ricans in recent weeks have organized several protests against the use of naled, ...