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Running head: RISK ASSESSMENT 1 Risk Assessment Angel Bingham SCI/275 December 4, 2011 Anwar Johnson
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RISK ASSESSMENT 2 Risk Assessment Genericville city council is reviewing the proposed use of Malathion within the city limits in an effort to control the mosquito population. Fear of diseases such as the West Nile Virus (WNV) sparked the inception of this proposal. The council members or Genericville are now tasked with making the decision in the use of the named pesticide in question. It is imperative that the council members make the most informed and unbiased decision possible, with the residents and tourists best interests at heart. In response to a heavy rain season, mosquito breeding areas grew, sparking new studies performed within Genericville wetlands. It is projected a possible 50 people will contract the West Nile Virus this year, with an expected two deaths. Considering a population of 100,000, this projection means one out of every 2,000 people risk infection if a pesticide is not used to control the mosquito population. If implemented; Malathion would reduce the number of WNV cases from 50 to a mere five with below a 20% death rate. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ensures that the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Food and Drug Administration approve using Malathion on gardens, crops, and residential neighborhoods wherever mosquitos are problematic. Furthermore,
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