Homeless given mosquito nets, bug spray in Charlotte County

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Some of those most vulnerable to mosquitoes are getting help from a Charlotte County organization as fears of the Zika virus rise.

The Charlotte Homeless Coalition handed out more than 150 mosquito nets and bug spray Wednesday at their headquarters at 1476 Kenesaw St in Port Charlotte. The nets and spray were donations from Charlotte County mosquito control

Josephine Grounds, a homeless Charlotte County woman said she was grateful for the nets and spray as she currently resides in the woods.

“I can use it in an abandoned building, if I’m in the woods or even if I’m in a house because I can just hook it to a ceiling, to a wall or on a tree,” Grounds said.

Grounds said she’s scared about contracting the virus because of her current living environment.

“Especially out here, there’s always standing water,” she said. “I’m constantly bit by mosquitoes being out here, being on the streets.”

Grounds and others said they’re appreciative of the safety net.

“It means that it’s a little bit safer, I’m a little bit safer and other people are as well,” Grounds said.

Reporter:Kristi Gross
Writer:Rachel Ravina
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