Say No To Mosquitoes Tip #1: Know the Facts

Mosquito photo by dhyanji

The City of Falls Church has posted a number of tips on how to avoid mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. I will be discussing them in a six-part series.

Okay. Here’s the deal, folks. I don’t want to get voted out of the MBDC group for yapping my trap about how West Nile Virus (WNV) is not really a problem. It is an issue, but not as big of one as it is built up to be.

119 people in the US died in 2005 from WNV. That’s a lot, you might say, but not in comparison to the 36,000 people who die each year from influenza, the 559,650 people who are predicted to die from cancer this year or the 2.9 million AIDS-related deaths last year.

So when we hear about WNV on the news and get all up in arms, it’s a little skewed. WNV is not as big a problem as it seems to be, in comparison with other maladies. We have bigger fish to fry when it comes to disease prevention. Sure, we should be taking measures against it and there is a lot that we can do to avoid it, but let’s keep it all in perspective.

Check in tomorrow to read about Tip #2: Take Control.

4 Comments so far

  1. John (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    West Nile Virus is a big problem for birds, not so much for humans.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    Yeah, I can’t see this as being nearly as big a problem for people as anyone else. But, the news loves hype :)

  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    Much of broadcast news has to do with what we should fear. Fear sells; it is compelling, at least to some.

    This disease is hell for the birds, though, I have to admit.

  4. Jon (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

    Great post. National Geographic this month has a great article on maleria. Great read.

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