The West Nile Scare is leading to a debate in one Mid-South County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tony McNary

The West Nile Scare is leading to a debate in one Mid-South County

There's a neighborhood in Hernando that's filled with kids, woods and is surrounded by water. People in this area say they are concerned about the West Nile virus and that's causing a dilemma, to spray on not to spray?

Resident Cathy Gould said, "They holler West Nile when they see mosquitoes, say West Nile that's the first thing they do! They are so afraid." Gould says her kids are afraid to play outside because they're scared they'll get the West Nile virus. "When the sun goes down I bring them in case that's when the mosquitoes start, plus there is a lot of water around here...lakes and ponds."

Gould says the city of Hernando should do something about the problem that's been detected in hundreds of birds and confirmed in 22 people in 11 different counties in Mississippi. But city officials say not everyone feels that way. Some Hernando residents have complained about the smell, the noise, and breathing problems caused by the spray. "I would rather have that than mosquitoes. The chances of my children getting the virus." Jeanne Black says she doesn't think the city should start spraying until the virus hits Hernando. But says people should not be concerned about the mosquito truck's odor and noise. "The noise is not important. I mean we're talking about lives here."

Meanwhile, the county is trying to decide whether or not to spray. Gould says when the sun goes down and the mosquitoes come out her kids are going in. The state health department says there are no confirmed cases of the West Nile virus in DeSoto County. If residents find a dead bird of any species they should report it to the health department.

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