Recent Newspaper & Online Columns by Kate Scannell MD

The buzz about mosquitoes and our West Nile virus outbreak

September 6, 2012

Tags: West Nile Virus, mosquitoes, mosquito abatement, physician advice, garden gnome, climate change

By Dr. Kate Scannell, Syndicated Columnist
First published in print: 09/02/2012

Delivering biting public viewpoints can sometimes sting -- always a risk when writing an opinion column. Still, I assume that risk and straightaway proclaim: I hate mosquitoes.

I know some readers will oppose my view. But I'll bet that, unlike me, they don't transmute into one huge welt, from head to toe, after a single stinging encounter with a mosquito. That they've never slapped themselves unconscious trying to kill a maniacally buzzing mosquito circling their ears. That perhaps they're behind in their reading, lacking updated news about West Nile virus in recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We currently face an outbreak of mosquito-borne WNV infection in the U.S. (more…)

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