Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cough Cough Cough

West Nile Virus is in the news again. But this time like a lady in waiting to a virgin queen:
A mosquito "pool" (batch of mosquitoes) sampled on June 4 in Hawthorn Woods has tested positive for West Nile virus.
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Lake County
The Lake County mosquito extermination agencies issue this same alert every year, to scare up demand for their mosquito spraying services.

This, however, is the year of the Corona Virus.  The World Health Organization says:
"Spraying or fogging of certain chemicals, such as formaldehyde, chlorine-based agents or quaternary ammonium compounds, is not recommended due to adverse health effects on workers in facilities where these methods have been utilized," WHO reports.
World Health Organization (WHO) Warns Against Hazards of Toxic Disinfectants

Note to Ops: Be sure to wear a face mask when they spray your neighborhood for mosquitoes.

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