Genericville Case Study

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Risk Assessment of Malathion The city of Genericville faces a huge dilemma with a potential West Nile Virus scare. The river that runs along our exceptional city has several wetlands that protect our city during the spring from flooding; in addition it also provides a source of nutrients to birds and fish species found only in this area, which in reattribute contributes to why Genericville is a popular tourist summer distention. The unfortunate downfall to the wetlands is that it also serves as a reproduction ground for mosquitoes; hence the West Nile Virus scares. This virus primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito; animals and humans alike are both at risk. The Center for Disease Control states that the West…show more content…
There are no clear answers as to how much humans are exposed to Malathion, it is used in areas where the temperature is hot, and mosquitoes are abundant. To date, no government agencies have reported that Malathion is danger to the environment, or humans; they have however put polices in place to protect how much people are exposed. As of now the risk characteristics of Malathion is low, but that could change if someone with no regard for human life get a hold of a huge quantity. In order to protect Americans, Malathion is registered with the environmental protection agency. The risk of toxic exposure to Malathion is minute, only a small application is used per acre placed on ground. According to the agency for toxic substance and disease, the long-term risk from Malathion application is unlikely. In conclusion, I vote to introduce Malathion into Genericville. I do believe with through proper education of our citizens, the over population of mosquitoes could be under control. Within the planning, we must take in consideration the river and wet lands; our water supply, possibly of residue being left over, and most importantly safety of
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