WAMU 88.5 : News

West Nile in Md. Prompts Mosquito Spraying

Play associated audio
Not long after mosquitos bearing the West Nile Virus were found in traps, a person from New Carrolton came down with the disease.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25689440@N06/2777393311/
Not long after mosquitos bearing the West Nile Virus were found in traps, a person from New Carrolton came down with the disease.

 

New Carrolton, Maryland will be spraying for mosquitos Thursday evening after an individual tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Just days after  mosquitos bearing the virus turned up in traps, the Maryland Department of Agriculture says an individual has tested positive. West Nile causes flu-like symptoms and can be fatal, particularly among the elderly and the very young.

So tonight crews are spraying around 3/4 of the town with permethrin. Entomologists say its the least toxic pesticide they can spray, doesn't last long in the environment, and is sprayed in a way that targets night flying insects -- particularly mosquitos.

Still, they're warning everyone to stay away from the trucks while they're spraying.  

This is at least the fourth time the town has been sprayed this year as part of the state run program. 

 

NPR

From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Beth Howland died on Wednesday at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.
NPR

'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
NPR

Is Primary Rivalry Making The Democratic Party Stronger Like It Did In 2008?

It's not the first time we've seen a bitter end to the Democratic primaries. In 2008, divisive moments came through personal attacks. But back then, Clinton and Obama pushed similar ideologies.
NPR

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.