West Nile Virus, Field Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session to Conduct Oversight of the State and Federal Response to the 1999 Outbreak of the West Nile Virus in Connecticut and New York, December 14, 1999   [open pdf - 482KB]

From the opening statement of Hon. Joseph I. Lieberman, U.S. Senator from the State of Connecticut: "West Nile virus. As all of us are aware, earlier this fall communities in southwestern Connecticut and, in fact, throughout the New York area, experienced an alarming outbreak of the West Nile virus, a mosquitoborne virus never before found, as I understand it, in the western hemisphere. The emergency of the virus has had a major impact on nearby communities, generating widespread concern about the immediate health threat from the disease and also about the potential health impacts of the pesticides that were used to respond to the disease. There was also, I know considerable frustration that answers to some of the natural pressing questions that people had about why the outbreak occurred and whether it was likely to reemerge were lacking. We know, as fact, that there were a group of people in New York and its suburbs who were made ill, sickened by the disease, and, in fact, I gather the number that is agreed on is seven-seven people probably died as a result of the disease. Connecticut did not experience, to the best of our knowledge, and human cases of the virus this past fall; however, the disease had a visible effect on wildlife in the State, killing a number of crows and other birds. It was found-that is, the virus-in mosquitos and dead birds in the following towns in Connecticut: Darien, East Haven, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Haven, Norwalk, Orange, Reading, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Woodbridge. My purpose in convening today's hearing is to continue the dialog and to try to engage some thoughtful responses from the distinguished panel of experts that have been good enough to come and be with us today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Theadore Andreadis, Durland Fish, Robert McLean, Jan Stahl, Krisann E. Benson, Donald R. Maranell, Stacy Prince, Nancy Alderman, Thomas R. Baptist, Andrea L. Boissevain, Britt D. Bolnick, Pamela Clark, Doreen Diorio, Connie Eash, Paul R. Epstein, Susan Fenley, E. Allen James, Roger Kerr, Donald R. Maranell, Dominick Ninivaggi, William R. Opp, Lynn Pritchard, Sue Reidman, Henry R. Rupp, Lisa Santacroce, Marthe Schulwolf, Diane Worden.

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