sci275_Appendix_B - Axia College Material Appendix B Risk...

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Axia College Material Appendix B Risk Assessment of Malathion This document outlines a common dilemma faced by countless communities every year. It presents a proposed pesticide application program that is awaiting approval from the city council, The City and the Problem Genericville is an American city with an economically diverse population of 100,000 that is highly dependent on summer tourism. A wide river runs through the center of Genericville. Along the banks of the river are several wetlands that serve to protect the city from spring flooding. The wetlands also provide a source of nutrients for several species of birds and fish that are among many environmental elements that make Genericville popular with summer vacationers. Unfortunately, the wetlands also serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes that may spread diseases like West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus (WNV) is a dangerous nervous system disease that spreads primarily by mosquitoes. According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2007), there were 4,269 WNV cases in the U.S. in 2006 and 177 were fatalities. Based on experience, recent testing of infected birds, and an enlarged mosquito breeding area due to heavy rainfall, there are projections that there could be 50 cases of WNV in Genericville this year with two fatalities. Both the rich and poor communities of Genericville equally share this risk. The Pesticide Solution and its Proponents
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2010 for the course SCIENCE 275 taught by Professor Erasme during the Fall '09 term at University of Florida.

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