DEPARTMENT DECIDES TO STOP SPRAYING AFTER INEFFECTIVENESS OF SPRAYING
The following comes from the NoSprayNashville
page. We post the text here in this form in case the main
page changes. It is a good source of information, as some very
dedicated and knowledgeable people are associated with that group.
"No Spray Nashville delivered a summary of the Health Department's
records to the Metro Council's Health and Hospital committee in
December 2008 and exposed the Health Department's poor preventative
protocol and lack of effectiveness of the 2008 spraying in
here for details.) Two council members volunteered to come
with us to talk with the Director of Health, Dr. Bill Paul, to ask for
The end result was that Dr. Paul admitted that the Health Department
did not get the result they had hoped for after spraying in 2008. He
also agreed that West Nile virus was not and has not been a serious
threat in Nashville. After we pointed to records showing that less
toxic measures were not taken prior to spraying, he agreed that they
should do a better job with less toxic measures before resorting to
spraying. He later made the announcement that they would raise the
threshold for spraying. In 2009, they did not spray and we expect that
if the new threshold is upheld that spraying is unlikely in the future.
We have to commend Dr. Paul for doing what no other health official in
Nashville was willing to do. It took six years and a new director for
the Metro Public Health Department to finally use science, common
sense, and their own records to make wise decisions. We do caution
citizens that some new mosquito borne illness scare or a change in
management could impede this progress. We pledge to keep an eye on
their mosquito control program and to report back on how they are doing
with less toxic prevention.
The Health Department still has not created detailed protocols like
many cities that do not spray have. They should do this to help avoid
the protocol failures they had in the past. We hope this will change as
we continue to monitor their records and schedule meetings in the
future with them."