Danville will continue to spray for mosquitoes this year, but City Commissioners decided to look at alternatives next year after hearing protests from a local physician, a mother and a professor at Monday's meeting.
The state Department of Agriculture sprays, at no cost to the city, with a form of the chemical Dursban. The insecticide contains chlorpyrifos, which the Environmental Protection Agency has begun to phase out because they may cause cancer.
Roger Trent, Boyle County public health director, said he questioned whether spraying was beneficial compared to the risks of the insecticide.
He reported that last year two people in the Boyle County were infected with West Nile Virus, but this year there have been no cases, and that the total number of cases in the state had dropped significantly.