- 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,
- 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
- 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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