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on Sep 2, 2014
Yay! Prevention is the best cure! Thank you for being on the job to protect our community! :-)
The odds of developing cancer from the chemicals used to spray for the mosquitoes is higher than the odds of contracting West Nile Disease.
Do you have real data to back up that statement, or is it just a funny sound bite?
If you do, can you share a link?
Years ago I read a number of actual studies on it but here is one recent site that I googled that is anti the spraying.
you'll also find sites that mention the "unknown" impact:
Do the pesticides used in mosquito control cause cancer?
"According to the National Pesticide Information Center, the common mosquito insecticide permethrin (the active ingredient being used in Dallas for ground spraying) was classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as "not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans" in 1991. This means that IARC could not decide whether or not permethrin can cause cancer. The U.S. EPA decided that permethrin was "likely to be carcinogenic to humans" if it was eaten.
And studies have also shown adverse effects (including death) for honey bees, beneficial insects...
It's much worse than we thought.
See this link: Web Link
The chemical they used is a neurotoxin and is carcinogenic, and lingers for months. To quote the article linked above: "In 60 days there is still 25% left, in 90 days 12% is still present and even at 210 days there is still 3% present on the soil." And "The truth of the matter is that the chance you are going to die from the West Nile Virus is extremely unlikely. Your health is put at a much higher risk of harm from mosquito fogging than it is from West Nile Virus."
Besides which, few mosquitos carry the virus, and even if bitten, very few people develop any symptoms at all; in the entire state of California there were something like 4 fatalities last year, and most or all were frail elderly. As flu viruses go, this one is both mild and safe for most people. Invalids and the frail elderly may succumb to flu of any sort, pneumonia, etc.
It would seem the big scare over West Nile Virus has more to do with the pesticide company finding markets for its products....and the county's over-zealous Vector agency.
I called the district number listed in the article (344-8592) for information about mosquito control and how to get advance notification of spraying in my area. They directed me to sign up on SMC Alert. Their web address is:
You will also find a map and schedule here: San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District
Of course they claim it's not necessary to cover your kids' play structure, or your dog's bowl, or even to close the windows, but for those of us who are skeptical, it's handy to know ahead of time.
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