NPMA Statement on SARS
PEST MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS FIND LINK
APRIL 9, 2003 (Dunn Loring, Va.) – Responding to two international wire service reports, National Pest Management Association (NPMA) officials state that there is a consistent pattern in the way cockroaches spread disease and the purported (or alleged) connection to the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
NPMA officials referred to a 1975 World Health Organization (WHO) publication that listed approximately 40 different pathogens that could potentially be transferred to humans by cockroaches, including pneumonia, food poisoning, salmonella and typhoid. Based on the possible mode of transfer of SARS by cockroaches, suggested by Hong Kong Deputy Director of Health Leung Pakyin, it appears to have some similarities to other modes of transmission of disease by cockroaches.
“Most recently and closer to home, we have seen many significant scientific studies that demonstrate how cockroach allergens can trigger asthma in children and the elderly population,” said Cindy Mannes, public affairs director, NPMA. “Whether they’re connected to SARS or not, these creatures clearly can be a public health threat to many and can most successfully be controlled with the help of a licensed and trained pest control professional.”
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 6,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property, reflected both in the continuing education of the pest control professional and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses.
The National Pest Management Association continues to guide the industry through legislative and regulatory initiatives at both the federal and state levels. It is comprised of pest management companies, distributors, and manufacturers.
Contact: Cindy Mannes
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