Orchard City residents are increasingly concerned and upset about mosquitoes and the threat of West Nile Virus in their community.
On Sept. 12, they expressed their concerns to the town board in a first-hand account of the disease.
Barb Fisher told the trustees how on Aug. 21 her husband, Darrell, "fell very ill and was rushed to the emergency room."
Four days later came the positive diagnosis of West Nile virus. "Over the next 10 days he lost a pound a day," and he now has only enough energy for a half day of activity, Fisher said.
The community isn't generally aware of the seriousness of this illness, she told the town board. "This is serious. This is deadly."
There are other West Nile cases in Orchard City, Fisher said. "I am asking you to make it a top priority to reinstitute mosquito spraying," she said, adding, "The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is more concerned about fish in the Gunnison than it is about people."
Fisher is one of the Orchard City residents who holds the EPA and its new regulations accountable for the end of aerial spraying in the town, and for the resulting plague of mosquitoes, the constant threat of West Nile virus infection and cases of the debilitating illness. (See related story this week.)
Doug Speedie addressed the board about West Nile's symptoms and his wife's experience with a central nervous system infection from the disease. He encouraged the trustees to keep "working and trying if at all possible" to find a way to resume spraying.blog comments powered by Disqus