Mosquito spraying starts tonight on F...

Mosquito spraying starts tonight on Fire Island -

There are 11 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 13, 2007, titled Mosquito spraying starts tonight on Fire Island -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Haul in the laundry and toys, harvest the vegetable garden, and shut off those air-conditioning units -- it's mosquito-spraying time again in Suffolk County.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Newsday.


Mamaroneck, NY

#2 Aug 14, 2007
If the spaying is safe why do we have to do so many things it looks like the spaying in not safe so why can they still do it
sugargrovebigdad dy

Rural Hall, NC

#3 Aug 14, 2007
simply retarded...get some bats !!! bats live on the mosquitoes. If seems like mosquitoes are bad now, wait till this spraying kills all the bats then you'll really suffering.

Denver, CO

#4 Aug 14, 2007
waste of time and money....people can protect themselves against mosquitoes, and if they don't, oh well.
spraying never seems to do any good anyway, they ALWAYS come back
speakin my mind

Stony Brook, NY

#5 Aug 14, 2007
sugargrovebigdaddy wrote:
simply retarded...get some bats !!! bats live on the mosquitoes. If seems like mosquitoes are bad now, wait till this spraying kills all the bats then you'll really suffering.
I agree, I was just saying the same thing last nite....put up bat houses all over the island, it's cheaper, safer and much more efficient than spraying something that we may find out that later in life could be a cancer causing agent.....not only for us humans, but all the other living species that everyone is so worried about too...
Robert Goulet

Broomall, PA

#6 Aug 14, 2007
Never mind spraying for mosquitos, how about spraying for the gays, there are more of them on the Island than there are mosquitos.
Ellen DeGeneres

Toms River, NJ

#7 Aug 14, 2007
Robert Goulet wrote:
Never mind spraying for mosquitos, how about spraying for the gays, there are more of them on the Island than there are mosquitos.
So, you have something AGAINST gay people? You? The guy that forgot the words to the "Star-Spangled Banner," at the second Ali - Liston heavyweight prizefight, in Lewiston, Maine? Christ, you gotta' be "light in the loafers," too, pal; you couldn't even keep your wife, Carol Lawrence, happy. I betcha' I could make her happy! Come, here, Carol; we're gonna' play "spin the bottle," together!
David Moskowitz MD FACP

Saint Louis, MO

#8 Aug 14, 2007
This article fails to mention that a safe and effective treatment for WNV encephalitis was published three years ago.

My company developed (and owns a pending patent for) the treatment, and has been using it in an ongoing free clinical trial for the past 5 summers.

Our initial results on 8 patients seen in Sept, 2003 were published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in July, 2004 (1). Publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal is all that's required for a treatment to officially exist.

Our approach lowers the host's response to the virus--the so-called "cytokine storm"--rather than targeting the virus itself. So it may work for most viruses as a kind of general viral antidote.

I was asked to describe our treatment to the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) in June, 2004. I volunteered to brief the Dept of Homeland Security later that summer. The UN is aware of our treatment in the context of avian influenza. It was included in the Project BioShield II Act of 2005, co-sponsored by Senators Lieberman, Hatch, and Brownback (2).

The FDA is happy for our trial to proceed, since we use already FDA-approved medications which are known to be safe for the general population.

I just described our treatment this past Friday, August 3rd, at the BARDA Industry Day hosted by the Dept of Health and Human Services (3).

The only agency not supportive of our efforts is the CDC, for reasons known only to them.

21 patients with WNV have responded so far, out of 25 (84%). We've also treated 4 horses (3 responded) and 12 birds (6 responded; birds present sicker than humans and horses). Our WNV trial is free from our end. The blood pressure meds we use are inexpensive (around $1/day) and are available by prescription from any drugstore in the country.

Anybody who wants to download our trial documents can do so at any time of day or night from our homepage at .

Beginning treatment early--within the first 48 hrs of encephalitis symptoms--seems to be the only way to avoid long-term sequelae such as paralysis, chronic fatigue, cognitive problems, etc. WNV is notorious for still affecting half of WNV victims 18 months later.

If a family knows about our treatment ahead of time, they'll be in a much better position to get it prescribed for their relative who comes down with the disease.

Thanks to the inexplicable behavior of the CDC, which has redefined public health in the same way that FEMA redefined rescue, neither physicians nor patients have heard about our treatment for the fifth year in a row.

1. Moskowitz DW, Johnson FE. The central role of angiotensin I-converting enzyme in vertebrate pathophysiology. Curr Top Med Chem. 2004;4(13):1433-54. PMID: 15379656 (For PDF file, click on paper #6 at: )

2. Section 2151 of the Project BioShield II Act of April 28, 2005 ( )



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GenoMed, Inc.
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Fire Islander

New York, NY

#10 Aug 14, 2007
Ghetto Blaster wrote:
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Exactly. Half the people on Fire Island have aids. A little West Nile would be a nice change of pace.
That is a very ignorant statement. Less than 10% of the Fire Island Population is made up of gay communities, and they are highly respected, well-off people.

Research before you speak

“Bis du ein Landsman?”

Since: Aug 07

Babylon Village NY

#12 Aug 14, 2007
This is ridiculous, they are spraying carcinogenic chemicals that not only endanger people & wildlife (including fish, why do you think the lobsters started dying suddenly), you have such a SMALL chance of actually contracting W Nile, you are more endangered by the chemicals. Guarantee you someone is getting rich from this deal & it ain't US!

“Bis du ein Landsman?”

Since: Aug 07

Babylon Village NY

#13 Aug 14, 2007
Dr Moskowitz, go BUY some ad space & don't waste space on comment boards pushing your own agenda. Don't be cheap (ahem)
David Moskowitz MD FACP

Saint Louis, MO

#14 Aug 17, 2007
Hi Farm Girl,

Doesn't a treatment for West Nile virus encephalitis make spraying unnecessary? Shouldn't we be allies?

Dave Moskowitz MD FACP

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