2009-02-17_161345_Risk_Assessment_of_Malathion-1

2009-02-17_161345_Risk_Assessment_of_Malathion-1 - Risk...

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Risk Assessment of Malathion Our city of Genericville is faced with a decision that is being addressed by countless communities each year. How do we balance the problem of mosquitoes and mosquito-born illnesses like West Nile Virus with the potential health and environmental problems caused by the application of a pesticide like Malathion? This is not a decision to be made lightly and a risk assessment is in order to discuss the potential impacts from the application of the Malathion and the impacts of doing nothing. Our community is community has an economically diverse population of 100,000 people who are dependent upon summer tourism. We have a river that runs through the center of town and wetlands that protect the city from spring flooding. These wetlands and the river provide a habitat for many species of birds and fish and are just one element of what makes our city so popular with summer travelers. These same wetlands and rivers however, are also the breeding ground for the mosquitoes that spread diseases such as West Nile Virus. In the United States in 2006, there were 4,269 cases of West Nile Virus with 177
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