Spraying for West Nile on Central Park West (is Bklyn Next?)
A report from Anne-Katrin Titze:
“Two additional human cases for Manhattan posted by the Department of Health. Cases of West Nile Encephalitis or Meningitis, or Acute Flaccid Paralysis (severe muscle weakness associated with West Nile virus infection).
“Did you know, the Department of Health is spraying Central Park for West Nile Virus? I predict, Prospect Park and the adjacent neighborhoods, coming soon to a spraying.
“Very little action taking place to eliminate stagnant mosquito breeding pools in Prospect Park. The double standard for our urban parks regarding following Department of Health rules and regulations (“Therefore we are encouraging City residents and business owners to take immediate action to eliminate standing water on their property.”) is alarming. West Nile Virus detected week after week in the neighborhoods adjacent to our parks, with no notification to park visitors, i.e. Prospect Park.”
“As you can see, my concerns are/were justified. If many more confirmed cases come this year, it would not surprise me.
Anne-Katrin Titze lives in Brooklyn. She is a lecturer of fiction, film, fashion, and fairy tales. She curates film and theatre events, conversations with filmmakers, and panel discussions at Universities and various cultural venues on topics ranging from The Cinema of the 40s in Hollywood and Berlin, ”German Comedies, Are You Kidding? From Lubitsch to Wilder and Beyond”, “The Disquieting Traces of Ibsen in 20th and 21st century Theatre and Film”, to Fashion in the films of Jacques Demy, François Truffaut, and Hitchcock.
Her show on Public Radio International about Disney and the Brothers Grimm won the Gracie Award for ‘Outstanding Talk Show’.
Anne-Katrin is a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, and when she doesn’t chase leopards, she rescues urban park wildlife in Prospect Park and speaks out for the protection of their habitat.