Why are you trying to fix the plague?
The city of Portland, Oregon is a hotbed of the plague, and the state is facing a similar outbreak.
In the past two years, at least 4,500 people have died from the disease, and a federal bill is set to make it harder for cities to enact restrictions.
Now, a group of residents, businesses, and organizations is asking Portland residents to support a new city ordinance that would force city hall to spend more time on pest control.
The proposal is titled Portland Revised Ordinance, or PROP, and it would ban the use of chemicals and other methods of containment that prevent pest control from being effective, including water pumps, spraying equipment, or other forms of water treatment.
The measure is aimed at helping save lives.
The proposed measure, which has not yet been adopted, calls for the use and maintenance of “all methods of pest control.”
It would require that any public building or property where the city has a pest control system, including the city hall, be cleaned by a licensed pest control professional to ensure the health and safety of all workers, and that the city install a pest prevention system that includes a water pump and an air purifier.
The proposed ordinance would also require the city to maintain a list of all people who have died or who are infected with the plague and would require the department to provide quarterly reports of the city’s actions.
“Portland is at a critical time in the plague response,” Portland resident Linda DeFazio told the Portland Mercury News.
“The pandemic is going on all over the world.
People need to understand how we can get the most out of the limited resources we have, and we need to be prepared to do so without resorting to extreme measures.”
Proponents of the proposal say that if the city implements PROP in the future, the plague will return to Portland, and residents will no longer have to worry about their personal safety.
“[The new PROP] will provide a more effective way to control this virus, allowing us to take steps to reduce transmission and increase the likelihood of survival of people living in this community,” the city said in a statement.
This is an edited transcript of the video.
[The Washington Post]