In 2003, the mosquito acquired new significance in the southwestern United States. The arrival of west nile virus (wnV) and its first associated human deaths ushered in a rereading of the mosquito from an itchy nuisance to a potentially life-threatening hazard. Mundane objects now required attention like never before. Swimming pools, irrigation canals, ditches, clogged gutters, and abandoned tires all became potential sources of a mobile public health hazard: the mosquito vector. In the state of Arizona, wnV went from a largely unanticipated epidemic situation to an endemic one in short order, where expectation of ongoing disease control quickly became a part of government obligations (Robbins et al. 2008).
|Title of host publication||Ecologies and Politics of Health|
|Editors||Brian King, Kelley A. Crews|
|Place of Publication||London, UK|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Oct 2012|