A perfect storm: the introduction of a new microbial bad actor; no tax money for county services like vector control; and too many foreclosures on homes with swimming pools or property with too many places for water to collect.
It was just a matter of time before the West Nile Virus made the logarithmic shift toward deadly. For every life lost there are many cases of life long disability. For every reported case there are many unreported cases. The numbers “of interest” are only just beginning.
The joke here is that public health is about THE PUBLIC. We learned long ago that we can prevent plagues if we pool our resources and apply good science and common sense in preventive ways.
Smarty pants, tax-hating, self-centered, Ayn Rand wannabes think pooling resources for the public good is not in their self interest. Likewise, making the banks (businesses) that cast people from their homes and property BE RESPONSIBLE for the mosquito breeding grounds (that they now own) is excessive. Some even question the science.
Just like the plantation owners who would go north to avoid malaria every summer, many will not have to face the consequences of their own acts of self interest. The rest of us will be acceptable collateral damage in the war on taxes: the war on public health – our will and ability to pool resources to solve problems together.