Zika Threat

Aug 24, 2016

To the Editor:

Question: What smells like garbage, is covered in green slime and encourages mosquitoes to breed?

Answer: The retention pond on the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Jerome Avenue in front of the Acme.

In this new age of the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne illness that causes birth defects in pregnant women, one wonders how the Acme and Long Beach Township allowed this obvious health hazard to exist for the entire summer of 2016. After all, there is presently no vaccine available, so the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends avoiding mosquito bites.

One’s best defense is to wear bug repellant. And one’s best offense? Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs. In view of this, it is impossible to ignore Acme’s fetid pool; one only has to walk past to appreciate its stink. So why is it still there?

The statistics tell the story of this new health challenge. As of July 20, 2016, New Jersey had 61 confirmed cases of Zika virus, double the number since June. In addition, the N.J. Department of Health reported 97 confirmed travel-related cases as of Aug. 18. We must all be proactive in eradicating the Zika threat. That includes you, Acme and Long Beach Township.

Michele Shirmer

Beach Haven Park



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