Ticked off at Lyme disease: Weston slated to be part of experimental study

Its active chemical ingredient is bifenthrin, a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide that affects the nervous system of insects and is commonly used to kill termites.

Excerpted from  WestonForum.com  ( Posted: 03/16/2011 ) 

A new effort to battle Lyme disease in Weston could help to reduce the number of tick-borne illnesses in the area, but critics worry that the proposed pesticide could damage the environment.

The Westport Weston Health District is seeking 130 households in Weston and Westport to participate in an experimental study that begins in May.

For this study, the health district is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control, which is funding it, and Yale University’s emerging infections program, which is monitoring the results.

The project calls for spraying a single application of the pesticide Talstar around the perimeter of a yard to see if it decreases the incidents of tick-borne illnesses. Half the yards in the study will be sprayed with the pesticide, while the others will be sprayed with plain water to avoid false positives.

For the complete article:  http://www.acorn-online.com/joomla15/thewestonforum/news/local/88449-ticked-off-at-lyme-disease-weston-slated-to-be-part-of-experimental-study.html


~ by Rob on March 19, 2011.

4 Responses to “Ticked off at Lyme disease: Weston slated to be part of experimental study”

  1. Ok, but are these people NEVER going to leave their yard?!

    • Melisa,
      You’re being much too practical. This is the same group that believed that culling all the deer would get rid of LD. Now they want to put harmful chemicals into the environment. I can’t imagine what long term problems this might cause.

  2. Ok – it appears that my account has been hacked Rob…I did not leave the above comment on your post! I have been MIA the last while dealing with our own health issues with Lyme & co’s and with other unfortunate family matters. My sincerest apologies. This happened with my twitter acct too and then I started signing out each time….I’ll have to look at the account settings here too…Melisa

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