Well, it's officially that time of year again. A Dallas resident in the Preston Hollow area has been diagnosed with West Nile fever, according to a city press release. "Nothing has changed as far as our mosquito surveillance is concerned," Dallas County Health and Human Services public information ... More >>
Sloppy handling of deadly viruses at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, including shipping a deadly virus to a lab by mistake, has spurred calls for an independent investigation of the agency. The head of of it concedes in a New York Times piece this morning there may be a "potential for hubris." ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Somehow a mosquito has sneaked into Jenny Land's home. This shouldn't have happened. Lan ... More >>
Texas' historic drought is, at least, good for one thing: fewer mosquitoes. But according to researchers at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the mosquitoes that survive could be bigger, meaner and more persistent. Mosquitoes grow in stagnant water. If there are fewer mosquitoes, there are m ... More >>
Dallas County recently discovered its sixth person to test positive for the West Nile virus this year, in a season that's seen one death. It's a much less troubling situation than last year, when there were 400 human infections and 20 deaths. The Dallas Morning News has an easy explanation for the ... More >>
Bad news from Eat the Yard, the army veterans-turned-organic local gardeners who were on our cover a few weeks ago: they think that four of their seven gardens got hit with the toxic insecticides the city has been spraying to kill West Nile-infected mosquitoes. To be safe, Eat the Yard has been pu ... More >>
Danny HurleyRemember this? Expect more in the future.At this point last year, Dallas County had already recorded a handful of West Nile deaths, a figure that would ramp up to 19 in the following weeks and months as the number of infections skyrocketed. But the West Nile outbreak of 2012, which resu ... More >>
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is exactly right to support Zachary Thompson, the county's embattled health director responsible for fighting West Nile disease. Zachary Thompson is exactly right to worry about the role of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a fede ... More >>
The West Nile virus is officially back. Public health officials got their first confirmation of that last week when mosquito pools in Richardson tested positive for the disease. Today, Highland Park announced a positive test of its own. Dallas County is already urging residents to use insect repella ... More >>
On the op-ed page of The Dallas Morning News this morning, two local epidemiologists with national/international reputations weigh in for more aerial spraying to combat West Nile disease. Robert Haley, the Gulf War Syndrome expert, and James Luby, an expert on St. Louis encephalitis at UT Southweste ... More >>
Before we blanket ourselves with pesticides, we should clear some things up.
Don't scramble the county air force just yet. We need to do some serious reading and talking before the Dallas County does a repeat of last year's aerial spraying for West Nile disease. I have a copy of the final Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on last year's spraying. Sorry, can' ... More >>
We're getting only half the story about the risks and dangers of pesticides.
This morning a tweet from Denton singer-songwriter Doug Burr showed up on my Twitter home page. In it he used the hashtag #WestNileSurvivor. I called him up to see if he had, in fact, survived the West Nile Virus, and he confirmed that for about a week he suffered from flu-like symptoms."Sure, flu-l ... More >>
Earlier this week, Time magazine opined that West Nile disease, which has now killed 12 people in Dallas County and sickened almost 300 more, is a "self-inflicted wound." Bryan Walsh wrote that an extremely mild winter and scorching summer created a great breeding ground for mosquitoes. Climate cha ... More >>
Remember last time Mayor Mike Rawlings went to Facebook to ask for feedback on a controversial topic of citywide import? And how he ignored the overwhelming majority of comments and pledged his full support for the Trinity Parkway? Well, he's put out another call for feedback on Twitter and Facebook ... More >>
All right. A brief time-out? Before we all die of West Nile or shut down our endocrine systems with toxins, should we call in somebody who, unlike me or some editorial writer at the Morning News, actually knows something? An editorial in The Dallas Morning News today more or less endorses aerial sp ... More >>
I'm not, by nature, someone who spends much time worrying. I assume, more or less automatically, that I'm not going to contract that horrible disease, that ominous-looking strangers probably won't murder me, that there will be time to swerve when that 18-wheeler drifts into my lane. My wife says I w ... More >>
A couple of months back, ABC News noted that even in the midst of Texas's historic drought, Houston was seeing a "sudden surge" in the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile. Why? Because it's Houston. But now, it's Dallas's turn -- or, at least, your turn if you live in the area of town bounded ... More >>
Begin panicking ... now. Because, according to the City of Dallas' Web site: Dallas County announces West Nile Virus found in Highland Park: The City will increase collections and urges residents to take precautions Don't worry, though. Mosquitoes are only .... Man's Deadliest Foe! --Robert Wilonsky
West Nile keeps animal control officers hopping to collect dead birds
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Is the dousing doing any good?