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These foreclosures can also lead to an increased incidence of West Nile Virus

Posted by catnarok on 16 Jun 2009 at 18:31 GMT

In Bakersfield, California in 2007, a 300% increase in notices of delinquency (in mortgage payments) led to large numbers of neglected swimming pools, which were associated with a 276% increase in the number of human West Nile virus cases in that city.

Reisen WK, Takahashi RM, Carroll BD, Quiring R. Delinquent mortgages, neglected swimming pools, and West Nile virus, California. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Nov. Available from

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