Risk Assessment of Malathion

Genericville Star


Risk Assessment of Malathion

Today the city needs to look at all the factors that effect this decision to use aerial spraying Malathion or to do nothing about the mosquito population.   Health wise we need to protect ourselves again West Nile Virus (WNV). Studies from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2007), there were 4,269 WNV cases in the U.S. in 2006, including 177 fatalities. Our area is thought to have 50 cases this year alone with 2 fatalities; can we as a city afford to take that chance?   If one of those 2 was your loved one could you live with yourself knowing that by using an aerial spray, educating people to stay inside while it’s being used might save lives?

Now let us look at the tourist trade that out town is so dependable upon.   We here in Genericville need those summer tourist to continue to vast our water lands, stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, and buy food, gasoline in our town to sustain our way of life.   If we do not control the WNV who will come and spend those consumer dollars?

Yes citizens there is risk with the Malathion, just as there is risk with us walking across the street each day.   But the benefits of aerial spray outweigh the risk of infecting our city with a disease that eats away at your central nervous system.   With proper notice, education the general public will be safe.   We can hold town meetings, inform the public of proposed timeframe to stay inside, spray at night when most people will not be so inclined to being outside, educate each other to wash off children toys outside and wash our hand to avoid contamination.   Better to than being bitten by the invested bug and being a statist of the Center for Disease Control this year.


Hazard Identification- the hazards of the Malathion as described by the Agency for Toxic Substances.

This list is the extreme versions of what can possible happen in the worst case seniero- in our small town...