…….riding the White Horse, is…..
For a mosquito borne disease to spread, you need an infected host or hosts and mosquitoes. (Well, Duuuuuh!)
It takes more than one infected host and more than one mosquito to start an epidemic. It takes some number of both, a “tipping point” of sorts.
Malaria, for instance was an endemic disease that was nearly universal. It was and is a disease of not only the tropics, but anywhere the mosquito will live, like Alaska and Siberia. There was an epidemic with thousands of deaths in Russia as late as the 1920’s. Holland was not declared malaria free until the 60’s I believe. It was eliminated in the first world by draining swamps and the use of DDT. Once it was cured here, liberals outlawed the use of DDT and now some one million people each year die from malaria. Of course, both the draining of swamps and the use of DDT are now Federal Crimes here in the US.
So, now we have lots of mosquitoes and few ways to fight them. We have been pretty lucky and haven’t had enough infected hosts enter the country to start an epidemic. But now, some percentage of the foreigners coming in are bringing in the diseases. Sorry, guys that’s how the disease got here with enough carriers to get past the “tipping point”.
Will we have an epidemic? Who knows? However, the West Nile Virus is widely established, i.e. endemic, and no one seems to care. And now this:
In the debate on how to deal with the West Nile Virus, one liberal “green” group said that the disease was not a significant problem because only old sick people died of it. Like me. They were fighting against the use of spray to kill mosquitoes. The bugs are worth more to them than old people. They are liberals, you know.
Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)