This is an excerpt from "An
Alternate Perspective on the Use of Aerial ULV Spray to Attempt
Control Transmission of West Nile Virus in Sacramento County,
by James Northup, Jack Milton and Paul Schramski:
WNv is in many ways like another
disease that has been endemic in California for over 50 years.
what is known scientifically, WNv should follow the same pattern
Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) has followed. This disease is
likely to produce a serious disease than is WNv, but it has
what is called chronic endemicity, and the levels of transmission
so very small and cases so very few that it tends to be ignored by
public. Nonetheless, public officials have suggested that WNv is
spreading, and once it gets firmly established in a region we can
expect greatly increased rates of infection and numbers of serious
cases of the disease. This view is background to the exaggerations
public officials and the media have engaged in on a regular basis
the introduction of WNv into the state.
Until public officials gain a better understanding of WNv, and until a more through assessment of the data has proven the safety and efficacy of aerial pesticide spraying, a
moratorium should be placed on further spraying. In the interim, other safe and effective methods of mosquito control should be implemented and increased.