By Chris WoodsRead moreIn the U.S., farmers in the West have been at the forefront of the effort to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
As of September 30, the U and Canada had recorded more than 3,700 confirmed cases of Zika, the highest number since the virus was identified in Brazil in 2016.
That has brought the country’s agricultural sector to a virtual standstill.
But the situation has improved in the last few weeks.
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a temporary ban on new imports of imported mosquito nets and insect repellents from Brazil and the Dominican Republic that are being made in the U., according to the Associated Press.
The agency said that it is concerned about the possibility of transmission of Zika through the use of mosquito nets.
It also said that in addition to Brazil, the United States has imported more than 500,000 mosquito nets, which can contain about 70,000 mosquitoes.
The FDA also said it is monitoring the safety of the insect repelling agents used in the country.
The country’s top agricultural official, Dr. Dan Pinto, said Thursday that he is recommending that all farmers and their contractors purchase insect repellers made in Brazil.
The move is a response to a study by the U-M Center for Environmental Health that found that in the first month after the Zika outbreak, nearly all of the pesticides and insecticides that were being used in South America were not being used properly, according to Dr. Pinto.
The Food and Drugs Administration said it has received more than 1,000 comments on the proposed new regulation, and will review those in the coming days.
The agency said it will take into account the comments and, if necessary, consider them in coming weeks.
“We need to make sure we are taking into account what’s best for the country and not just what’s good for the company,” Pinto said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the agency is reviewing the proposed ban on imported mosquito net products.
It said it plans to review the data in coming days and will notify affected countries.
The Department of Agriculture and the U, in a joint statement, urged the World Health Organization to review mosquito net use and mosquito-borne disease surveillance in Latin America and the Caribbean.
They said the WHO should also consider mosquito control measures such as use of insect repella that protect against mosquito-transmitted diseases.
The WHO did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A growing number of farmers in Latin American and Caribbean countries have begun using mosquito nets in their fields and are working with local health officials to limit the spread and spread of Zika.
But the new restrictions could slow the progress of some farmers, particularly in Brazil, which is still dealing with the worst outbreak of the virus in the Americas.
The country is now expected to have over 100,000 new cases.
The World Health Assembly in May voted unanimously to declare the region an Ebola-free zone.
In July, the World Food Program declared it an agricultural emergency.
Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, has pledged to help farmers and businesses cope with the outbreak.
The government has set up a three-month plan to help them adapt to the virus and implement measures to protect crops and livestock from mosquito-infested areas.