September 29, 2002

MOSQUITOES INFECTED WITH MALARIA have been found in Virginia. And there have been two human cases nearby.

Bioterrorism? Doubtful, Pat Leahy’s comments on West Nile notwithstanding. Though my brother once mailed me a mosquito from Nigeria that survived the trip. He had smacked it hard enough (he thought) to kill it, but leave it intact, and dropped it in the envelope with his letter to illustrate just how big they were. When I opened the letter it came fluttering drunkenly out. I smacked it, and it left a smear of blood on my hand. Chance that it was carrying malaria, given its source: high. Interestingly, another guy he mailed one to the same day had the same experience.

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