Tim Chitwood: Be sure not to order the chikungunya

June 29, 2014 

A fly bit the bare pate of a bald man, who in endeavoring to crush it gave himself a hard slap. Then said the fly jeeringly: It’s Monday Mail.

Phaedrus

Today's opening is from Phaedrus of the 1st Century A.D., and what he said the fly actually says is:

"You wanted to revenge the sting of a tiny insect with death; what will you do to yourself, who have added insult to injury?"

Motor, voter

May 20 seems like such a long time ago now, doesn't it?

And yet, in a way, that Election Day still hasn't ended, because it resulted in runoffs such as the Muscogee County School Board District 2 race between incumbent John Wells and challenger John Thomas.

Voters in that district can hit the early voting poll starting today, and they do not have to have voted May 20 to vote in the runoff, as long as they're registered.

Also, primary runoffs for U.S. Senate and state school superintendent are on the ballot, if you're interested. If so, just remember that if you voted in one party's primary May 20, you can't switch to the other party's runoff.

Columbus' early voting poll is in the community room of the City Services Center at 311 Citizens Way, open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bugged

Getting back to blood-sucking pests, here's an email regarding an earlier report:

Hi Tim,

Following up to your recent June 19 article on the mosquito-borne disease Chikungunya, I thought you may be interested in sharing the additional tips below with your readers. During National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 22-28), RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) is offering these to help prevent the spread of Chikungunya and other vector-borne illnesses:

• Drain standing water.

• Avoid activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

• Dress appropriately in long sleeves and pants.

• Defend yourself against mosquitoes with an EPA-approved repellent.

• Doors and windows should be intact to prevent mosquitoes from coming in and out of your home.

• Fill in or drain low places in your yard and keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed.

• If you're enjoying a ball game or outdoor activities, avoid damp grass which attracts mosquitoes and can put you in the midst of the pests. Always pack a chair to avoid putting yourself in harm's way.

If you'd like more information, please let me know, or visit debugthemyths.com.

Thanks,

Sarah Laborde.

Dear Sarah:

Wait, did you say chikungunya's a disease?

I thought it was just a chicken restaurant special.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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