Sunday, October 9, 2011

How Far Do We Go to Protect Ourselves From disease? (from ProMed)

A resident of Massachusetts has been confirmed as infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) somewhere in Raynham, Missouri. The woman spent an extended period in Missouri. The disease is a vector-borne disease that is transmitted via mosquitos. This causes concern, especially since about a month ago on September 5th, a major political member of Raynham passed away from EEE as well. The newly infected woman is thankfully alive and recovering, but this pushes the need for anti-mosquito spraying in Missouri. Politically, this has been a divisive issue, and the Raynham selectman vows to improve spraying.

I find this to be a really interesting, as it is an intersection of multiple routes of health. For instance, extended spraying against mosquitos could protect individuals from acquiring EEE, but it could also decrease the quality of food and crops grown. It truly is the intersection of the human world, the virus world, and the evolution of both of those.

-Pooja Desai

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