Foreclosures are making people sick. Literally. It’s possible that there is a link between the West Nile virus and foreclosed properties, particularly properties with swimming pools that become standing water once abandoned and provide a home to lots of mosquitoes.
Falling property values in neighborhoods with abandoned houses makes sense. Increased crime due to vandalism of abandoned properties make sense. Increased occurrences of the West Nile virus from abandoned swimming pools makes sense once the pieces are put together, but that was probably beyond most people’s thoughts. I know it didn’t occur to me. Makes you wonder what else is down the road as the mortgage mess unravels. I’m sure there will be more problems.