Tuesday, July 19, 2005

You found petechaie where!

A beautiful night in Chicago, the White Sox are playing the Tigers, and I have the Navy's disease vector risk assessments at hand.

The Navy breaks it down by country, and the first thing I notice is that Russia isn't in there. That's because they have it under the Soviet Union. Can someone get the Navy a newspaper?

They have a little write-up on Italy. What could be going on with Italy? It starts off innocuously enough - malaria. Which hasn't been reported since 1988, and that was one case. The Navy generously adds that the World Health Organization considers Italy malaria free. But there's more: hemorrhagic fever. The Navy's answer to prevention - DEET. All over.

Argentina is a much more fun read. We have malaria; arboviral fevers starring dengue fever and Rocky Mountain Fever (and who says the U.S. doesn't export anything anymore?), St. Louis encephalitis (a hit for Artie Shaw in the 1930's), and the Argentine hemorrhagic fever.

Does it seem like a pattern is developing here?

By the way, the Navy recommends - hold on, it's coming - DEET, for prevention.

I can't help myself - had to take a look at another country. Bulgaria. And they have Congo-Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Yep, roll out the barrel of DEET.

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