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West Nile Virus Outbreak Puts Dallas In State of Emergency 167

Posted by timothy
from the those-mosquitoes-are-obviously-lost dept.
Penurious Penguin writes with news from the BBC that the city of Dallas "is experiencing a widespread outbreak of mosquito-borne West Nile Virus that has caused and appears likely to continue to cause widespread and severe illness and loss of life," and writes that the city "has declared a state of emergency. West Nile virus can be asymptomatic or produce multiple symptoms, but can also lead to fevers, and the potentially fatal meningitis or encephalitis. Birds are the most common carriers and mosquitoes are the vector for human infection."
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West Nile Virus Outbreak Puts Dallas In State of Emergency

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  • Re:huh? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by stiggle (649614) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @07:38AM (#41009035)

    But West Nile can stop the hordes of rednecks :-)

  • Re:huh? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by whargoul (932206) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @08:00AM (#41009285) Homepage
    Uh, no we're not. The liberals you speak of are mostly California refugees that are fleeing the product of the choices they've made, laws and regulations they've mandated and politicians they've voted in. They're broke and it's their fault, but they'll never understand nor admit that it's the result of the choices they've made. Now they're spreading and they're going to fuck the rest of us the way they've fucked themselves.
  • Re:Buy DEET (Score:5, Insightful)

    by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Thursday August 16, 2012 @08:53AM (#41010053) Homepage Journal

    Where?

  • Re:nylon (Score:5, Insightful)

    by budgenator (254554) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @09:11AM (#41010401) Journal

    There is nothing wrong with DDT, you just have to use per the label instructions i.e. indoors; it does bio-accumulate in fish and does nasty things to birds that eat fish, which is why it's not used outdoors. In mammals like Humans, its very safe, used to be used for delousing people and the Sales-driods used to eat it by the teaspoon to demonstrate it's safety. This does mean that DDT is not a good fit for mosquito control in countries where window screens are wide spread; it's great for bedbugs. Bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis works on mosquitos outdoors.

  • Re:nylon (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @09:33AM (#41010793)

    You know what else works really well on mosquitoes?

    Bats.

  • Re:nylon (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ol Olsoc (1175323) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @03:29PM (#41016213)

    There is nothing wrong with DDT, you just have to use per the label instructions i.e. indoors; it does bio-accumulate in fish and does nasty things to birds that eat fish, which is why it's not used outdoors.

    Yours is the best comment ever made on Slashdot - ever. Nothing wrong with it, then a partial list of what's wrong with it.

    You win one internet.

    The problem is, You say there's nothing wrong with it. I know others that say there's nothing wrong with it at all, and fully intend to use it outdoors if it were legal again. I also know others who acknowledge that it is bad for avian wildlife but do not care. They will use it for whatever they damn well please if they get their hands on it. They won't follow the instructions. And that sir, is the reason it is illegal. Nothing wrong with PCB's either by your logic. I mean it's hell on guinea pigs, and just gives people a little acne. But nothing wrong with it.

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