Report To Lack Of N.O.
Mosquito, Bird Activity

Patricia Doyle, PhD
Jeff - This just in from Promed. It does tend to confirm my opinion that New Orleans is, at this time, void of mosquitos and birds, and, at this time, WNV, EEE, St. Louis Encephalitis or other abrovirus won't be a great health risk. So, why commence a massive Naled pesticide attack on the people of N.O.? Their immune systems are stressed and they are medically vulnerable.
Mosquito vector and bird amplified hosts are absent and therefore, WNV et al won't be one of the pressing problems. Larvacide and other more nontoxic protocols should be followed.
I think New Orleans may have a respite season from WNV due to Hurricane Katrina.
Patricia Doyle
From Promed Email
Report On Mosquitos - Post Hurricane For New Orleans
US Military Actions On Mosquitoes After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans
By Dean L. Winslow
I served as the US military coordinator for public health and force protection for the combined National Guard task force performing rescue and relief operations in the 13 most heavily affected parishes from 5-15 Sep 2005. Our major logistics hub was being built up at NAS New Orleans, across the river in Belle Chasse, Plaquemines Parish. All 14 000-plus Guardsmen being tasked to go out into the parishes to provide SAR, security, and infrastructure rebuilding passed through Belle Chasse on their way to the Area of Operations (AO). The base also became home to over 4000 military personnel involved with the logistics, command and control and support functions.
Early on, one was struck by the eerie silence and absence of birds as well as seemingly few adult mosquitoes. Since the parish-based vector control systems were not functioning yet, and the civilian contractor responsible for vector control on base had evacuated, we needed to rapidly assess and control the situation.
US Navy SeaBees came in to remove debris and eliminate as much standing water as possible. In addition, Navy and Air National Guard military public health technicians examined undrainable collections of standing water for mosquito larvae and pupae and found none. Light-traps placed around the base early on showed relatively low numbers of adult mosquitoes, but as many as 9 different species were present in one trap.
Louisiana DHH working with an entomology consultant from CDC coordinated with us and prioritized aerial spraying of the most heavily affected parishes, which began last weekend and is continuing.
Dean L. Winslow, Col, MC, CFS
Delaware Air National Guard
This informative and interesting communication from Colonel Winslow is most welcome, especially as it is based on the actual situation in New Orleans, not on speculation. - Mod.MS
Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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