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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.

reference:
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 http://www.cdc.gov/EID/co...

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