Talk:Multiple planes perform aerial spraying over greater Dallas, Texas in effort to combat mosquitoes

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News releaseEdit

  • The below was a news release posted on Tx Dept. of State Health Service's Intranet site at about 12:20pm (CDT) on August 17, 2012 (probably about the same time they sent a public release blast to news sources): [such blasts are sent to all TxHHSC employees as a routine action]

"News Release: Aerial Spraying Set to Begin in a Northeast Section of Dallas County

Weather permitting, aerial spraying is expected to begin tonight in a northeast section of Dallas County to control mosquitoes and help prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

Responding to requests from Dallas-area cities, the Texas Department of State Health Services is directing two planes to begin flying at approximately 10 p.m. The planes will cover about 100,000 acres and will complete the day's spraying by 3 a.m. Spraying may be delayed or halted due to rain or windy conditions.

The planes will spray a triangular area bound by the Dallas North Tollway, Interstate 635 and Interstate 30. The area includes Richardson, Garland, University Park, Highland Park and parts of Dallas and Mesquite. This priority area was established based on disease prevalence and city input and will follow a defined grid pattern for flight efficiency.

Five planes are scheduled to fly Friday night and possibly over the weekend to cover the remaining requested areas. A second round of spraying may occur early next week depending on post-spray mosquito counts.

“Aerial spraying is a safe and very effective tool, but it doesn’t take the place of the basic precautions," said Dr. David Lakey, DSHS commissioner. “We are urging people to continue using insect repellent every time they go outside.”

Texas has more than 400 state-confirmed cases of West Nile illness for 2012, including 17 related deaths. Texas is on track to have the most cases of West Nile illness since the disease first emerged in the state in 2002. Humans can contract West Nile virus from a mosquito bite. The virus can cause serious illness or death.

For people concerned about exposure during aerial spraying, health officials suggest the following precautions:

Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs. If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water. Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure. Cover small ornamental fish ponds. Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.

For the latest case counts, go to


(News Media Contact: Carrie Williams, Director of Media Relations, 512-776-7119.)

DSHS Press Office on Twitter"

I found exactly this here. Will treat as a usual synthesis source. --Pi zero (talk) 19:17, 18 August 2012 (UTC)


I wanted a good Beechcraft image, but I couldn't find anything on Commons that suited my fancy.....reviewer et al. change if desired. Also, I think this meets criteria for Breaking, as it happened pretty recently, and a WHOLE BUNCH OF NEWS is likely to continue bubbling up about the BIG ISSUE over the next several days. --Bddpaux (talk) 18:09, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

The concept of {{breaking}} is that the article is apt to be substantively changed post-publication (which would mean, necessarily, within the first 24 hours). --Pi zero (talk) 18:25, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

Review of revision 1590498 [Not ready]Edit


I'll add some distance and re-tighten here and thinking was that while they both were AP, they were published on different days, and kinda were (essentially) different stories.......but sources is source, and the rule's the rule. --Bddpaux (talk) 21:05, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

  • A relatively easy mistake to make. However, the rule is "independent sources" with the reasoning that once someone has published something they've a vested interest in not retracting it. Usually, the rule is where you're looking at two publishers carrying differently-edited versions of the same wire report, and you might've got an all-clear on two distinct stories from the same wire service, ... about four or five years ago. Not now. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:29, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
    I think it's there.....a bit longer than my usual, but I moved around, added in and took away (still looks longer than I usually like mine to be!!) --Bddpaux (talk) 21:44, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

Audio recordingEdit

I made an audio version of the article in its current state. Please leave a message for me to re-record if there are significant alterations. --Mozillaman (talk) 22:43, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

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