Global Warming Summer: Avoid Mosquitos

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:34 AM
June 2, 2011

Mosquito-borne diseases are particularly present in this era of excessively hot Global Warming summers.  Mosquitos cause some 300 million cases of malaria each year, resulting in one to three million deaths around the world.  In addition to malaria, this insect can cause dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis (brain inflammation or EEE), and elephantiasis.  People living in other nations are accustomed to living with this risk from mosquito bites, but those in the U.S. are not.  However, last year, in Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, etc., several people fell ill, and some died, from various diseases resulting from mosquito bites.  And with increasing numbers of aliens from Central and South America coming to this country, that number may well increase.

 According to Wire, “reported cases of dengue have more than quadrupled in Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean — from about 1 million in 1980-1989 to nearly 4.8 million in 2000-2007.”  Reasons include urbanization, more international travel and lack of mosquito-control containments in countries south of the U.S. border.  Thus, more Americans returning home from south of the border report many more cases of dengue fever.    And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because it is a center of international travel to and from countries in Centural and South America, Florida has become a ripe breeding ground for dengue fever.
 In her book on the outbreak of dengue in urban areas of Puerto Rico, Dr. Kay Tomashek, mentions hot, humid tropical countries––such as the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Brazil, the Americas, etc.––as locations most probable to contact dengue.  She points out that there is no vaccine or drug that can prevent dengue infection.   She also agrees with health officials in Florida, who according to Reuters, “urge residents to use mosquito repellents, wear protective clothing and avoid being outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.”  As mosquitos use stagnant water as breeding grounds, other experts advise keeping pools, water storage barrels, bird baths or other water containers either covered, cleaned with fresh water daily, or else keep them empty and dried out.  Dr. Tomashek adds that travelers should use screened windows or air conditioning, and avoid dark cook places, such as closets, under beds or behind curtains.

 The United States was once safer from such diseases.  But political considerations, as well as results of Global Warming, have weakened her borders––physically, mentally and spiritually.  Just as several insect invasions were steps toward bringing down Egypt (Exodus chapters 9 to 16), these weakened borders portent judgment against this country.  For those who do not know how to stand in the gap and intercede for the nation (Ezekiel 22:30), Christian prayer books may give some guidance.  Excellent examples are also in Daniel and Nehemiah.

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