Issue Date: Oct 31, 2000
The West Nile virus, that led to the indiscriminate spraying of pesticides to combat the virus, has claimed its first victim: an 82-year-old-resident of New Jersey. New York was the first to go in for extensive spraying, much against the protests of environmentalists. "The control measures are probably ineffective, unnecessary and may produce serious environmental effects," says Richard Ostfeld, associate scientist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, New York. The lawyers have filed a case, saying that the use of pesticides is illegal and a violation of federal laws.
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