Medical Society Recommends Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes

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Dallas County Medical Society expresses concern over outbreak of West Nile Virus in Dallas County.

On August 6, 2012, the Dallas County Medical Society sent a letter to the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department that gave their support to the immediate implementation of an aerial spraying plan to combat “the historic outbreak of West Nile Virus in Dallas County.”

The letter goes on to state that the society held a conference call on Sunday, August 5, 2012 of the Dallas County Medical Emergency Response Committee that focused on providing the medical community’s support.

After reviewing the data, the committee voted 13-0 to recommend immediate aerial spraying. The letter goes on to say the Dallas County Medical Society board of directors agrees with that decision.

In an interview with WFAA, Dallas County Health and Human Services director, Zachary Thompson said he rates his concern “at least a 9” on a scale of 10. Thompson also added that the State of Texas is supplying additional insecticide to battle disease-carrying mosquitoes.

The Duncanville City Council already has an item on the August 7 agenda to receive a report about West Nile Virus and discuss the city’s mosquito borne virus response policy.

It is reported that aerial spraying for mosquitoes has not been implemented since the late 1960’s in Dallas County.