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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mortgage Crisis Fueling West Nile?

by Jay Allbritton
On Thom Hartmann's Friday show, he mentioned something in passing called "green swimming pools". These are the untended pools of houses in warm climates left behind by people abandoning or being kicked out of their houses because of the mortgage crisis and, apparently, they are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and, as such, contribute to concerns that more cases of West Nile Virus will turn up in these areas.

In May of 2008, the L.A. Times published an article that warned of this phenomenon while reporting that 13 birds with West Nile virus were found in Orange County that month. With even more abandoned houses around the country this year, this could be something we hear more about.

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