CDC Releases Preliminary Mosquito Control Report | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthPosted: August 31, 2012
Dallas County officials said they see no need for now for more aerial spraying to combat West Nile virus after receiving encouraging data Thursday about the first round of aerial spraying.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 93 percent reduction in disease carrying mosquitoes in areas of the county that received two nights of aerial spraying earlier this month.
“The city of Dallas did the right thing,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “Mosquitoes were killed, no one was hurt by the spraying and, if we hadn’t executed this plan, we now have information that the growth in mosquito population would not have gone down on their own, but probably would have risen,” he said.
The preliminary report will be followed by much more detailed research. Dr. Janet McAllister, of the CDC, said trapping and testing mosquitoes must continue in Dallas County this summer, with more ground spraying likely.