WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27: MOSQUITO CONTROL
Profile America — Wednesday, June 27th. It's summer, and one of the perennial pests of the season is mosquitos. While most people think of them as inconvenient, there is a deadly side to these flying insects, in the form of West Nile virus and malaria. That's why this is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, to honor those whose profession is working to eradicate mosquitos. In the U.S. last year, there were 43 deaths from the West Nile virus. Worldwide, malaria has been historically one of the deadliest killers. Recent figures show 655,000 deaths globally in a year. In the U.S., there are close to 1,500 new cases reported annually, usually among people who contracted the disease outside the U.S. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 328
World Health Organization
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 184
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau