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West Nile



West Nile Update 8/2/11
They're still spraying apparently

See the folks at the No Spray Coalition (www.NoSpray.org), which sprung up when the city first began West Nile spraying in the late '90s, opposes all pesticide spraying in New York City. Simple exposure to Sumithrin can cause dizziness, headache, fatigue and other unpleasant symptoms.


You can contact the Department of Health at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/contact/contact.shtml or at (347) 396-4100 for more information or to express your concern about the spraying and the woeful lack of advance notice.


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If there's a companion canine in your life, you may be wondering if Rover is at risk of contracting West Nile Virus (WNV). Good news--the vast majority of dogs are not in danger. Because there have been very few reported cases of canines suffering from WNV-related illness, dogs do not appear to be particularly susceptible to the virus. But to set minds at ease and educate dog owners on how to minimize exposure to mosquitoes that transmit various diseases, including WNV and heartworm, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) offers the following suggestions:

• Keep pets indoors during times when mosquitoes are most active--dawn, dusk and early evening. Eliminate areas of standing water that can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and remember to recheck after each rainfall. Be sure to change outdoor water bowls daily to prevent mosquitoes from using them to lay their eggs.

• The APCC does not recommend the use of mosquito-control products that contain DEET. Dogs--and cats, too--are extremely sensitive to DEET and may develop neurological problems if a product formulated with DEET is applied to them.

• Avoid using pest-control products with concentrated essential oils such as tea tree, pennyroyal and d-limonine. Not only can concentrates of these products cause weakness, paralysis, liver problems and seizures in pets, their effectiveness has not been proven.If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned by pesticides or any other potentially harmful substance, call your veterinarian or the APCC at (888)426-4355. For more information on WNV and pet poison prevention, visit APCC online.

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