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Vector control vote déjà vu

San Luis Obispo

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On May 13, 2009 (6-9 p.m. at the County Ag Auditorium, Sierra Way and Bishop in SLO, in back of the health department), let’s tell County Environmental Health, again, like we did in November 2004, that we do not want property taxes raised to create a $1.1-million-a-year vector control district—to spray pesticides “to control mosquitoes … ” when the Centers for Disease Control repeatedly states: “Less than one percent of those infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness and 80 percent will show no symptoms.”

Additionally U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asserts: “Contrary to media descriptions of the ‘deadly West Nile virus’ it rarely proves fatal in humans. One hundred seventy-five species of mosquitoes exist in the U.S. and only a handful remain vectors for disease. Only adult females bite.”

The Mustang Daily reported (Oct. 8, 2004) that within three days of granular insecticide application at Laguna Lake, the mosquito population quickly climbed back to pre-spray levels, and the spray actually kills off all natural predators.

Friends, if you remain one of 16 million chemically ill, have an asthmatic child or a loved one with emphysema, are an organic farmer, or are one of untold numbers of houseless kin living in creek beds, get informed and involved. Demand a “do not harm alternative risk assessment approach,” not pesticide abatement. The cure remains more deadly than the disease.

Tell all property owners (why not everyone?) to vote NO.

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