Wynwood biz owner creates "Zika shrine" to combat spread of disease: Can't hurt, might help



The Miami Herald today posted a video interview with Zak Stern, a well-respected small business owner in the Wynwood neighborhood, in which he discusses his own lighthearted but heartfelt contribution to the fight against Zika.

There have been 15 locally transmitted Zika cases diagnosed in Florida, and health department officials say most stem from mosquito bites in Wynwood, an arts-centric, semi-industrial area of about one square mile in Miami.

Stern, owner of Zak the Baker, has assembled various protective totems including smudge sticks, crystals, some bourbon, a sunflower and a Polaroid of himself as a child "playing basketball at the JCC."

"I'm not gonna pretend I'm not concerned," he tells Herald reporter Emily Michot. "The county and the city are doing their thing with the aerial sprays and whatnot, but we just wanna make sure that we're covering all our bases." 

Strategies being carried out by the CDC and the state health department are clearly based on established scientific protocols, not faith or even artistic spirit. But it can't be denied that Zak comes off as more trustworthy than Gov. Rick Scott. Plus, he definitely has more cred on Vice.

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