Mexicans want trucks sprayed to stave off West Nile

| 9/9/2002

Trucks bringing tires and towing old vehicles south across the border may soon be sprayed with chemicals to prevent the West Nile virus from spreading into Mexico, the McAllen (TX) Monitor reported.

Specifically, the secretary of health for the state of Tamaulipas is mulling a request from the Reynosa health secretary to allow bridge workers to fumigate transmigrante trucks as they pass into Mexico from Texas.

Only transmigrante trucks -- those towing used vehicles, electronics, tires and others to sell in Central America -- would be sprayed because they carry items that have often sat in standing water.

If approved, the spraying could apply at all bridges between Texas and Tamaulipas, which include all those in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The West Nile virus has been confirmed in 43 people in Texas - one person has reportedly died from it.