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Deadly But Necessary

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Here’s an interesting trivia question: what animal kills more human beings every year than any other?  The shark?  The lion?  Rhino?

The answer is the mosquito, and the statistics are not even close.  Over 400,000 people were killed last year by mosquito-borne malaria.  Mosquitos carry four different encephalitis viruses, plus the West Nile virus—and most recently, the Zika outbreak that is threatening attendees at the Rio Olympics.

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Expensive Olympics

Rio

The opening celebration for the 2016 Olympic games just happened, and of course all you’re hearing about is pollution, crime, unfinished facilities, Zika and cheating Russian athletes.  Chances are, the games will go off without a hitch and be highly-entertaining, despite some of the challenges that the athletes will face in their housing and venues.  But once the games are over, the nation of Brazil is likely to experience a familiar dose of economic trauma.

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