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  •  That smell ... (none)
    BTW, do you know if that distinctive smell is malathion itself or an additive?

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    by Bob Love on Mon Apr 04, 2005 at 02:29:30 PM PDT

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    •  Malathion has a garlicky smell (none)
      So if you smell garlic after a spraying you are smelling malathion (or passing by an Italian resteraunt).  Some of the formulation excipients have a solvent like smell.  

      West Nile is quite real as a virus, I had it last summer and came pretty close to leaving this mortal coil.  (No malathion is sprayed where I live or work, either).

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      by barbwires on Mon Apr 04, 2005 at 03:07:05 PM PDT

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      •  I'm glad you made it (none)
        I'm certainly not implying that 'west nile' is a myth, I just think the viral theory is still very tenuous at best, as no virus has yet been isolated.

        The folks like Jim West aren't suggesting that malthion spraying causes 'west nile' either [though in a post upthread I was implicating malthion as a causal agent in other diseases like CJD (mad cow)]. Their thesis looks at it from an epidemiological standpoint and finds that all 'west nile' clusters are in regions that are heavily polluted by petro-chemicals, specifically the gasoline additive MTBE. When diseases are found to be geographically endemic to certain regions, it definitely suggests that the cause may be environmental and not viral.

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        by lucid on Mon Apr 04, 2005 at 03:42:06 PM PDT

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