Flashback: Then-NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden Announces Rat Control Program; How’s That Working Out?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 at 7:34 am

What with his name all over the news these days thanks to the Ebola mess, let’s have a look back at how the bumbling Thomas Frieden made his chops. Surely America will be relieved that he was a lieutenant in Michael Bloomberg’s oppressive New York nanny state. We found this item rather interesting from back in 2003.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Commissioner Thomas Frieden today announced the expansion of an effective rat abatement program in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to target areas in three Boroughs. In addition, the Mayor also announced a new rodent abatement task force focused on prevention that will ensure effective and coordinated strategies to control the City’s rat population. Joining the Mayor and Commissioner at the announcement in Hope Ball field in Bushwick was Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

“Today I am proud to announce that we are expanding a program that has been effective in controlling the rodent population in Bushwick,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Rats are tough, hardy creatures and as long as there have been cities we have had rats. New York City’s fights with these vermin is longstanding and ongoing and we will never fully eradicate them, today we have a program that we know works well and we are going to expand it.”

“While the rat population can never be completely eliminated, it can be significantly reduced and controlled,” said Commissioner Frieden. “There has been a steady increase in the number of inspections and exterminations performed – a 60% increase over the past 3 years. With increased resources for this rodent abatement initiative, and with our ongoing data-driven strategic approach to rodent control, we expect to perform more than 150,000 exterminations and inspections by the end of this fiscal year.”

So let’s have a look at some results now:

It’s a first of its kind of study on rats. The creatures have long been associated with filth. It turns out the city’s rat population carries 18 new viruses.

There’s more than four or five at a time,” said Walter Carpenter, a Midtown resident.

Right this second, you may not see them but they’re there, crawling around.

“I see them early in the morning, they just keep coming, you’ll see them,” Carpenter said.

A new study which looked at rats in five spots in Manhattan revealed the pests are far grosser then we thought.

“I was pretty shocked,” said Peter Daszak, of EcoHealth Alliance.

Peter Daszak heads up EcoHealth Alliance and says this study, the first of its kind, by a leading researcher at Columbia University, is a game changer.

“If we don’t do anything about it and continue to let rats get in and out of our restaurants, we’re going to see a real public health issue arise, this is a wakeup call,” Daszak said.

Researchers discovered 18 new viruses, including a nasty one they’ve never seen here before, called the Seoul Hantavirus, a potentially life threatening bug.

Don’t worry, though, folks, Obama has complete confidence in Thomas Frieden to help control the Ebola outbreak.

Heckuva job, Barry.  And a nod to Michael Bloomberg.

One name that hasn’t surfaced yet in respect of the floundering by the federal government in the face of Ebola is Michael Bloomberg . Yet it was the former mayor of New York City who gave the nation Thomas Frieden , who is one dangerous doctor and is the middle of the catastrophe. Mr. Bloomberg made him New York City’s [commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene], which is a post that tries to re-educate New Yorkers so that they will accept passively living like socialists.

Now Dr. Frieden directs the Centers for Disease Control, where he wants to do the same thing. . . .


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4 Responses to “Flashback: Then-NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden Announces Rat Control Program; How’s That Working Out?”

  1. jukin on 19/19/14 at 1:15 pm

    Under fascist democrats every government department has but one purpose, turn the country fascist. Just like the many groups that proclaim to be for women, blacks, hispanics, queers. It is not what they say they are about, it is bout totalitarian government.

  2. SNuss on 20/20/14 at 1:55 pm

    Now, if they would come up with a program to control Leftist DemocRATs, our society would be much better off.