West Nile Virus

King County representatives have downplayed the possibility of standing water in bioswales, which could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In the meantime, cases of West Nile Virus are escalating nationwide. This is not the time to install bioswales in our neighborhoods—doing so could bring the West Nile Virus to our front doorsteps.

Time.com is reporting that 2012 has been one of the worst years on record for West Nile virus infections. To date, 48 states have reported cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the U.S. this year, there have been more than 3500 cases and more than 100 deaths.

Especially disturbing is that more than half of the reported cases involve the severe version of the disease which attacks the nervous system and can lead to brain swelling and meningitis.

There’s no cure for the disease and no vaccine humans can take for West Nile Virus. The Washington Department of Health advises that the best way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid mosquito bites and reduce the places mosquitoes live and breed around your home. They describe these areas as “wetlands and woods” and they recommend reducing all areas of standing water near your residence.

If you’re concerned about bioswales becoming mosquito breeding grounds in your neighborhood, let King County know. Sign the petition today.

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2 Responses to West Nile Virus

  1. mowabod says:

    Isn’t constructing a bioswale right in front of people’s homes,that is designed to hold up to a foot of water for as long as three days after it stops raining, irresponsible, dangerous, and counterproductive to protecting the health of our residential environment?
    The Center for Disease Control states “don’t give mosquitoes a place to breed”, any small amount of water can be enough. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/resources/wnv_flyer.pdf
    King County should find a safer solution to CSO’s that residents can live with, and that uses our tax dollars more responsibly and wisely.

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