The Orange County Vector Control District (OCVCD) has created a formal response to the hundreds if not thousands of emails and calls they have received from Santa Ana residents concerned about chemicals being sprayed in their neighborhoods. The full response is below. It is pretty clear that they still want to spray in Santa Ana.
The OCVCD is still harping on the fact that Santa Ana is leading the County in West Nile Virus infections even though there has been only one death in our city due to this disease. Santa Ana residents have come down with 26 cases of the West Nile Virus – out of some 350,000 residents. For comparison’s sake 12 residents of Anaheim have come down with the West Nile Virus. Click here to see the latest updates on Orange County West Nile Virus cases.
Consider that the Orange County Health Care Agency reported, in February of this year, 16 deaths due to influenza. The common cold kills scores of Americans every year as the elderly often are struck by secondary bacterial respiratory infections. And the Center for Disease Control says that the West Nile Virus is no reason to panic: