Subprime’s Unanticipated Consequences: West Nile

I’m not convinced this is really a story, but it’s kinda 50s SciFi interesting: How rampant home foreclosures could lead to a West Nile outbreak.

In Contra Costa County, officials estimate they spent less than 1 percent of service calls on swimming pools last year, compared to having technicians spend up to half their time inspecting and treating pools this year, said Deborah Bass, public affairs manager for the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District.

It’s not always easy to tell for sure if a pool’s fallen victim to foreclosure or has been neglected for other reasons, but about half those pools were confirmed as foreclosures, Bass said.