MOSQUITOES GET DEADLY

IN A SCATTERING OF STATES, THE DANGEROUS ENCEPHALITIS VIRUS COULD TURN THE SKEETER FROM A PEST TO A KILLER

In the ongoing arms race between mosquitoes and humans, the weapons are well known. The insects attack with their maddening buzz and persistent bites. The humans hit back with sprays, screens and repellent creams. Last week the mosquitoes dipped into their arsenal for a worrisome old weapon: encephalitis.

In alerts issued in central Florida and on New York's Long Island, officials said that the virus causing the deadly brain disease was at large and that nature's most loathed insect was carrying it. Earlier in the month, similar alarms were sounded in several states, including Massachusetts, North Dakota and Georgia.

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