Pesticide Spraying Of
New Orleans Bad News

Patricia Doyle, PhD
Louisiana Public Health and FEMA to perpertrate new assult on New Orleans, Naled Pesticide Spraying.
The experts agree that New Orleans woud be less likely to have mosquitos breeding in the extremely toxic waters of N.O. than in other areas of the Gulf Coast where the residule flood waters don't have the toxic contents.
For Immediate Release
Shawnee Hoover - Beyond Pesticides
Beyond Pesticides supports a health-based approach to mosquito management in New Orleans. It does not support the ineffective spraying of the highly toxic insecticide, naled, to combat the risk of mosquito-borne disease. The recent announcements of Louisiana public health officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on September 12, 2005, that Naled poses
no health hazards to humans is false - Naled is linked in peer-reviewed scientific studies to cancer and interference of prenatal brain development.
In order to protect the public from the risks of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne disease resulting from Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana public health officials must take a preventive approach by killing the mosquitoes before they hatch - not after.
Officials should be using a least-toxic bacteria larval control called Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) that is proven to kill mosquito and fly larvae at rates scores higher than the spraying of naled, an organophosphate insecticide with the highest acute toxicity of any mosquitocide. Unlike naled, Bti will not kill the natural mosquito predators, which can take up
to a year to replenish and are instrumental in keeping the mosquito population in check over time.
Particularly alarming in this case, is that many of the people left in the flooded area that are exposed to the pesticide may also be experiencing weakened immune systems from lack of nutrition, clean water and exposure to other toxins in the area, making them even more vulnerable to the harmful effects of the pesticide.
Beyond Pesticides is concerned about the health of those who are suffering from exposure to the toxic floodwaters and believes that all efforts must be made to reduce any further exposure to toxic chemicals.
For more information, contact Shawnee Hoover at Beyond Pesticides, Tel. 202-543-5450 or visit the website
Beyond Pesticides is a national environmental health organization protecting the health of children and their families, wildlife and the environment by advocating for the use of safe and effective alternatives to hazardous pesticides.
Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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