After reading the various articles in your paper regarding the spraying for malaria mosquitoes in Carlsbad, I called the County Health Department to see if any possibility of a similar problem could occur at my property known as the Famosa Slough. I was told that no problem exists there now and that no preventive measures would be taken, unless a case of malaria was reported in the area.
Sloughs, bogs, and swamps, and standing water are known to breed fleas, hepatitis, botulism and the mosquito carrying diseases of encephalitis and malaria. The proper procedure to protect the health and welfare of adults and children living near such areas used to be to destroy the breeding ability of the mosquitoes by draining the standing water. Properly flushed areas can be healthy.
However, our governing representatives have bent to the chaotic whims of a few "pseudo-environmentalists" who care not for health and safety but would rather foster the disease and pestilence of filthy swamps by calling them "wetlands."
The Famosa Slough cannot be made clean by periodic opening of floodgates to add water to my property. This only adds more habitat for mosquitoes and bacteria. City drainage of urban runoff only increases the problem. An elaborate and expensive flushing system is being designed to provide artificially pumped tidal action to the area to make it safe for both human and wildlife. Further delays by obstructionists and irresponsible government bodies will only perpetuate the unhealthy possibilities.