Don’t Forget the Neighbors

Controlling the mosquito population is one of the best defenses against Zika, but not everyone is on board.

Some people resist spraying or clearing up mosquito breeding grounds on their property. It’s a big concern for Umair Shah, the head of Houston’s county health department. “It’s really about a neighbor who might have sources of breeding on their property that can impact a neighbor two or three houses down,” he said.

The problem has forced local health officials to devise ways to handle recalcitrant (or merely absent) property owners.


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