Comments for: Diseases carried by mosquitoes make a comeback in New England

Posted Aug. 06, 2012, at 6:29 p.m.

Two potentially deadly diseases spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes are on the rise in New England, prompting an alert by Maine health officials. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has warned health care providers to be on the alert for Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile …

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  • Anonymous

    DONT LET THE SKEETERS GETCHA

    •  Or the fear of skeeters, in this case.

      • Anonymous

        Let us know how you manage to avoid mosquitoes.  You might be whistling in the dark.

        •  I avoid mosquitoes like everyone else. If I am outside for extended periods of time and they are an issue, ill apply some repellent, as most would. Although I use it as sparingly as possible. I just merely think the whole West Nile thing is blown way out of proportion. Ive never met anyone nor talked to anyone who has had a brush with it. Its one thing avoiding mosquitoes because of the annoyance of bites, its another to preoccupy yourself with them because of an irrational fear of a virus that has never been an issue in this state.

          I love that last paragraph and the sentence above it… “be afraid” and “your kids are at risk.”

          Its fear mongering. Remember Y2k? Yeah, nothing happened then either, but it didnt stop people from becoming scared and ordering thousands of MRE’s and bottles of water.

          • Anonymous

            Well, I won’t have that!  Next you’ll be telling me global warming isn’t real.

          • Actually, I think youd find that anyone with even a vague understanding of the planet would know that the earth has cycles. Hot, cold. It cools off, it warms up, only to cool off again. Its just how it is. Humans are not causing global warming, but we sure ain’t helping. That’s what id tell you, if you had asked.

          • Anonymous

            It’s the rapidity of warming  over and above the normal cycles that has climate scientists worried.  Check out the article in the August Scientific American about collapse of several Antarctic ice sheets, some of which have gone intact through several cycles since theonset of the last ice age.

          • Anonymous

            Entirely different risk analysis for mosquito borne dieseases and Y2K.  Good to hear you do take precautions.

  • Double quick everyone, go spend a bunch of money on some stuff to protect yourself from the dreaded mosquito hoard that is doomed to kill us all…. despite the fact that no-one in Maine, to my knowledge, has ever died from West Nile, nor have there been any confirmed cases this year and the bug season is coming to a close….

    But go spend some money on something you dont need, regardless. It’ll make you feel better about the fear they expect you to feel, about now.

    • Anonymous

      Does it take a death to make it worthwhile?  Even non-fatal cases sound quite grim.  We should be using DEET and other mosquito aversion methods anyway.  No “extra” money involved.

      • Anonymous

        Forget the DEET, poison to you and environment.
        Garlic!

        • Anonymous

          Didn’t know we had vampire mosquitoes :)  It would also be a good repellent for non-vampires. 

          DEET has a very low toxicity, to people and to the environment. It’s also the most effective repellent to most insects.  It is a good solvent, so don’t spray it directly on plastics.

  • Anonymous

    I can recall back in the 1960’s when we would summer in Maine and in the evening our parents and grandparents would bring out the cans of Black Flag or Raid and spray it through the house to kill the flying critters. I remember it looked like the fog had rolled in after they finished spraying.  Killed ’em all every time!
    I guess a little DEET won’t do too much harm.
    All that spray never hurt ME none..(Cough, cough, wheeze!)

    • Anonymous

      That was probably a pyrethrin or permethrin which are effective bug killers non-toxic to warm blooded animals.

  • Anonymous

    A “health nut” friend of mine just read this article and sent me an e-mail stating DEET is an acronym for “Death Each and Every Time”.  She is also terrified of all the artificial sweeteners as well as sugar.  What a horrible existence  to live in fear of everything each and every day.

    • County Escapee

      I assume she didn’t have to live through the era of DDT and ‘Woodsman’s Fly Dope’ if DEET scares her.    :)    

    • Anonymous

      Definitely a health nut and overly fearful.  The toxicity of DEET is quite low.  Her definition is non-factual to the extreme.  It actually is used for DETA, the chemical name of which is N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide.

  • Guest

    Everything, everywhere is always trying to kill you. Never leave the house. 

  • Anonymous

    Survival of the fittest-Insects have always been here and will adapt long after humans are gone. 

  • Eric Olson

    My wife and I were just commenting to each other yesterday that the bugs don’t seem as bad this year as in years past. It’s been pretty dry this summer. I’d expect that to translate into lower insect populations, and as a result, lower numbers of infected bugs.

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