Disease Proof

Bay Area Set to Spray Pesticides

The light brown apple moth must die! Apparently so, because officials are set to spray pesticides over urban San Francisco to get rid of it. Jane Kay of The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
The little-known proposal to wipe out the light brown apple moth, which if it became established could destroy the region's agricultural industry, has developed increasing opposition among some residents who fear for their health.


Hundreds of people whose homes and yards were sprayed in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties from September to December have filed reports that said the pesticide seems to have caused coughing, wheezing, muscle aches and headaches, among other symptoms. One Monterey family reported that a child had a first-time asthma attack.

State officials say the amount of pesticide applied shouldn't pose severe health risks, but they've also refused to rule out that the spray can affect humans, particularly sensitive people such as children and the elderly.
Gee, that’s comforting.
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