Dallas Mayor: City must improve education against West Nile

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by BRAD WATSON

wfaa.com

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 2:49 PM

 DALLAS – Two days after a pair of small planes finished dousing the city with pesticide to kill West Nile-carrying mosquitoes, Mayor Mike Rawlings concurred with citizen concerns regarding the need to be more proactive in controlling the pests.

During Wednesday's weekly City Council meeting, Rawlings said he wants a review of what's been done this year and how the city can take future steps to educate the public better to avoid taking the "last resort" of aerial spraying of an insecticide. 

Health experts say residents can help battle mosquitoes by ridding their property of standing water and by applying mosquito spray containing the insect repellant DEET. 

Dallas Councilman Sheffie Kadane, whose east Dallas district has seen a number of West Nile cases, said he hoped an education campaign can begin "immediately." 

East Dallas resident Marsha Webb addressed the council during the meeting's time for public speech, saying that if the city were more assertive in persistently urging citizens to eradicate mosquitoes by draining standing water there would be less need for spraying.

Dallas wrapped up aerial spraying Monday night and is awaiting firm data of how effective it was in killing adult mosquitoes. 

Of the 270 cases of West Nile in Dallas County, 11 people have died from complications involving the virus.

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