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CCHD keeping an eye on mosquitoes

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Some of the water from flooding earlier this month has subsided.

However, some still remains, along with the possible threat of West Nile virus through mosquito bites.

But officials with the Clay County Health Department are taking the necessary steps to combat the possibility of mosquito infestation here in the community.

"There are definitely more insects," CCHD Nurse Diane Dierks said. "But I don't know what an increase will mean. We're just getting to that phase (right now)."

The health department has been working feverishly to provide area residents with tetanus shots if needed after coming in contact with floodwaters.

Now, Dierks said the department is looking into what could become a problem dealing with insect infestation.

"We've gone from our tetanus shots and well water kits," Dierks said. "Now, everybody is surveying their damage."

Dierks said with too much standing water, mosquitoes could become a problem.

"Right now, people just need to get as much standing waters away from their homes as possible," she said.

CCHD Environmental Specialist Bill Hale agreed, saying he has already noticed an increase in mosquitoes in the area.

"There is (an increase) and they will be a problem where water is going to pool," Hale said.

The West Nile virus, according to the Center for Disease Control, may be spread by an infected mosquito.

It may also be spread through transfusions, transplants and from mother to child through breastfeeding.

The disease is not spread through casual contact, such as touching or kissing.

The health department, 1214 E. National Ave., Brazil, has several handouts at its office regarding the West Nile virus and what people need to do in order to avoid it.

For more information, call 448-9019

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In many states they spray the towns with insecticides. Why doesn't Brazil have something like this? This is the worst outbreak of bugs that I have ever seen. You cant go outside without being attacked by hungry bugs. My neck has several bites that look like hives,but itch.

These aren't hives, but bites! We cannot just monitor the bugs, we need to kill them before people get sick.

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Mon, Jun 23, 2008, at 7:29 AM

i think there is a more serious threat to public health in clay county. why doesn't the board of health inspect restaurants in clay county?

-- Posted by dave watson on Tue, Jun 24, 2008, at 11:10 AM

More serious threat? What would local restaurants have to do with the recent issues of the horrible flooding,loss of property, homelessness and the pestulance following the flooding? E-coli and Salmonella are in a different catagory, I believe?

Mr.Watson's comment sounds more like a vendetta,or a personal agenda to me.

-- Posted by Ms.m on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 10:07 AM

obviously local restaurants have nothing to do with the recent flooding. I was just postulating that the risk of illness caused by insects is not as great as the threat of food born illness to the residents of clay county.

I believe that the residents of clay county would assume that local restaurants are safe to eat at. I believe that it is a resonable assumption that the county health department would ensure that restaurants comply with state laws regulating the food service industry.

This is not hapening. Restaurants in clay county are not inspected with any regularity. This is potentially endangering the health of any one who eats in a restaurant in clay county.

I am not sure why you think this is a personal vendetta? All I want is to draw public attention to the fact that restaurants in clay county are not inspected.

-- Posted by dave watson on Mon, Jun 30, 2008, at 3:56 PM

I agree that all public restaurants should be inspected regularly,and I agree that restaurant and mosquitoes are not in the same catagory, but I differ on the fact that West Nile virus and encephalitis are minute compared to the threat of the "food born" illnesses you speak of. I assume that you have proof of your allegations, and if you have said proof, you should possibly discuss it in private with those who govern that particular office, but, if you do not have "proof" I suggest you not use an open article about mosquitoes to voice (personal) allegations.

Why would I think this is a vendetta? HMMMMM

-- Posted by Ms.m on Mon, Jun 30, 2008, at 8:12 PM

I am not sure what you want me to prove. Do you want me to prove that restaurant inspections are not done in clay county? do you want to prove that foodborn illness is more of a threat than west nile?

In most states, diagnosed cases of salmonellosis, E. coli O157:H7 and other serious infections are routinely reported to the health department. The county reports them to the state health department, which reports them to CDC. Tens of thousands of cases of these "notifiable conditions" are reported every year. For example, nearly 35,000 cases of Salmonella infection were reported to CDC in 1998. However, most foodborne infections go undiagnosed and unreported, either because the ill person does not see a doctor, or the doctor does not make a specific diagnosis. Also, infections with some microbes are not reportable in the first place.

This is from the CDC website. They also reported that Indiana had 7 cases of west nile vires in 2006.

These are the facts that I base my statement on. I have tried to discuss this with the health department with little success.

As for YOUR allegation that this is a personal vendetta, what is your proof? you seem to dance arround some "secret" that I am not aware of.

I anxiously await your reponse.


Dave Watson, (by the way, what is your name, or is that a secret too?)

-- Posted by dave watson on Mon, Jun 30, 2008, at 9:58 PM

Mr. Watson, I do not intend to use this forum as a debate between you and I. The "proof" I referred to was to the allegations that the inspectons are not being done. This great country of ours affords us freedom of speech, but I also believe that it provides us protection against those who make inflamatory or dare I say slanderous statements against us.

I do not personally care if you have a vendetta or not, but if you continue to have tirades concerning the health dept, I am sure I will not be the only one wondering if that is the case.

I was merely stating the obvious.

As for my name, I have no desire to gain notoriety for myself, using this forum.

But if you wish to do so, thats your priviledge.

I will be making no further comments about this topic as I also have no desire to make myself appear sillier than I already have with the bantering back and forth, with this said Mr. Watson, I wish you a wonderful day, and happy writing.

-- Posted by Ms.m on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 10:37 AM

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