Risk Assessment Paper

766 Words4 Pages
Risk Assessment Paper University of Phoenix 7/10/2011 Risk Assessment Paper The use of pesticides is an important decision that thousands of communities face each year. Nobody likes dealing with mosquitos and the diseases they bring so using chemicals and pesticides is an option but with other consequences. Mosquitos carry West Nile Virus that affects the city of Genericville every year with 50 cases projected this year in the city and two fatalities as well. On the other hand, the chemicals proposed for controlling the mosquito population has its own risks. The pesticide Malathion is also dangerous to people if they come in contact with it before it degrades. The potential for citizens of the city being exposed is almost a certainty…show more content…
The amount of risk to the individual depends on the situation. In my opinion, I think that the city of Genericville should refrain from using the chemical Malathion on their wetlands to control the mosquito population. The risk of fatalities is higher due to exposure than infection from West Nile Virus. The risk of harming other wildlife in the process must also be taken into account. Natural predators to the mosquitos like birds and bats should be protected and allowed to thrive to aid in the prevention. Due to the lack of information and research on long term and environmental effects of its use, I vote to not use the chemical until its risks are more identifiable. For now, the risks outweigh the benefits. References Department of Health. (2009, April). Information Sheet: Malathion and Mosquito Control. Retrieved July 11, 2011, from New York State department of health: http://www.health.state.ny.us/publications/2740/ Appendix
Get Access