Houston, Get Ready for Your West Nile Virus Spraying

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Duck and cover.
Houston has seen what's going on in Dallas and decided it is no time to mess around with the West Nile Virus.

Three Houston-area deaths from the mosquito-borne disease have been reported, with the victims all being older than 55.

Dallas County has declared a state of emergency after nine local deaths this summer.

The city of Houston and Harris County have been busy warning residents about what steps to take to protect themselves, and to get out the word on spraying plans.

As of now, the impressively named Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services says it will spray on the northwest side of town Wednesday evening, when the hugely annoying (and now deadly!) critters are outdoing their utmost to bother law-abiding folks.

Officials hope to spray 63,000 acres, weather permitting.

"Harris County is experiencing an increase of West Nile Virus infection in mosquitoes and, most notably, in the dead-bird population," said Dr. Rudy Buena, director of HCPHES mosquito control. "This situation has prompted the need to supplement the ongoing countywide ground treatment with aerial treatment in the designated areas to better protect the health of our residents."

In other words, workers are not just emptying out abandoned tires, boats and other mosquito gathering places, they will bring Death From Above, too.


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22 comments
Shana Boutte'
Shana Boutte'

totally dislike this -- kill a part of our ecosystem, poison small and large animals, horribly effect people, many with illness, weakness, or neurological deficits and THEN watch it drain into our water and food supply????? NO THANK YOU!!!

Ian Ramirez
Ian Ramirez

I think of what Bill Burr (comedian) would say at a time like this. Why are we the only animal that protects the weak? West Nile is mother natures way of trimming the heard. Imagine how much better the traffic around this city would be with say 50-100,000 less people who just take a dump everyday that ends up in a lake?

Claudio Coronado
Claudio Coronado

it better not be them chem trail they talk about so much

Michael Byrne
Michael Byrne

How much effect does this type of spraying have and by what mechanism does it work? I assume the chemical would fall into stagnant water and even at a very low concentration, target larvae

Kelly Vela
Kelly Vela

I don't understand why people who are fearful of contracting West Nile can't simply SPRAY THEMSELVES with the available products on the market? Why spray an entire population? People have different lifestyles. We shouldn't all be subject to these chemicals. This is ridiculous.

21LambChop
21LambChop

@DiDi2009 THREE confirmed cases of West Nile (dead animals) within spitting distance of my front door. #WESTNILEVIRUSUX

Jason Keith
Jason Keith

Assuming it is the spray commonly known as "Duet"? If so, the MSDS presents it as relatively harmless to human health. But what organisms does it kill/harm in the ecosystem other than Mosquitos?

Januari Leo
Januari Leo

Can we make a huge deal out of it, like Dallas did?

Scott Wiland
Scott Wiland

Thats all there spraying? that small area? FAIL!!!! and calm down people.. there not using Napalm.

Rachel Arguelles
Rachel Arguelles

No..but what else can we do abt it. All i can say is stay inside 4 a while...& even then u still wont be safe.

Kristen Kimira Scott
Kristen Kimira Scott

I think they should start spraying BEFORE people are diagnosed..not wait till a few people die from the disease.

Kristen Kimira Scott
Kristen Kimira Scott

I think they should start spraying BEFORE people are diagnosed..not wait till a few people die from the disease.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

That's gotta be great for our water supply.

Jason French
Jason French

Yes, but I think it should be announced repeatedly on every radio station and television channel. This is the first I'm hearing of it.

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