Daily News Archive
From June 15, 2000
New York State Health Commissioner Says Adulticiding Should Be Last Resort
According to Newsday,
New York State Health Commissioner Antonia Novello said yesterday she
was confident the state is "on top of the problem" of West Nile
Virus (WNV) as health officials brace for this summer's viral season.
Novello reiterated the state's position that spraying should occur only
as a last resort, when there is an "imminent risk to human health,"
but she stressed that such decisions should be made at the county level
based on a combination of all available surveillance data. Click here
to read the complete article at Newsday.com.
optimism that increased efforts to destroy mosquito larvae and the state's
"Fight the Bite" campaign, which encourages residents to rid
their property of potential mosquito breeding sites such as water-filled
bird baths, pool covers and old tires, will pay dividends in the battle
against the virus. Also, due to recent findings there has been a de-emphasis
on the health risks that WNV poses for children. For example, a new analysis
of the West Nile outbreak published in the New England Journal of Medicine
yesterday found that risk for severe illness was most closely correlated
with increasing age. State health officials have now reserved the heightened
risk category for those at least 50 years old.
urges people to take steps around their homes and in their communities
to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and therefore, minimize the possibility
that officials will turn to spraying adulticides. For information about
reducing breeding sites contact Beyond Pesticides at [email protected]
or visit the Maryland Pesticide Network's website at http://www.mdpestnet.org/.