The following text was taken directly from a Parkland Hospital press release:
The North Texas Poison Center staff will serve as an essential resource as Dallas County begins aerial spraying of insecticide to fight this year’s deadly outbreak of West Nile virus.
A call to the poison help line at 1.800.222.1222 connects you to your local poison center, which is staffed by physicians, nurses and pharmacists who will be able to answer questions regarding the insecticide’s effects on people, pets and even plants.
Beginning this week, airplanes will spray an airborne dose of a synthetic pyrethroid, the kind commonly used in ground mosquito spraying. Synthetic pyrethroids are insecticides that paralyze flying insects and are widely used in mosquito control, both for ground-based and aerial spraying.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these substances have low toxicity for mammals, and pose little risk to people or animals at the concentrations used in neighborhood spraying.
“Our poison center responds to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to help those who have been exposed to toxic substances and we’re fully prepared to answer questions about the aerial spraying in Dallas County,” said Mike Yudizky, Public Health Education Manager at the North Texas Poison Center. “We encourage people to do all they can to protect themselves, such as staying indoors during the time aerial spraying will occur.”