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Some Residents Concerned Over Mosquito Spraying

By B. Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – An environmental group that's concerned about the pesticides used to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus will hold a meeting in St. Louis Tuesday night.

The Gateway Green Education Foundation says the chemicals being sprayed on city streets to kill mosquitoes could cause more health problems than the virus. Suzanne Renard says the forum at Carpenter Library will feature several area college professors and public health advocates. She says they'll discuss alternatives to spraying.

Officials with the St. Louis Vector Control office say the pesticides are incredibly safe at the levels at which they're being sprayed.

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