Our high level of concern with West Nile virus seems so completely and utterly misplaced when you consider our LACK of concern for the ingredients of the crap-that-passes-for-food we eat.
You want irony? Here's irony. Parents are sending their kids outside covered with thick coats of insect repellent... right after feeding them a meal from McDonalds, which adds fat to your system, gets in your sweat... and attracts mosquitos.
Which is more risky, the 1:1,000,000 chance you'll be bitten by a mosquito with West Nile, or the 1:1 chance french fries will contribute to clogged arteries?
Don't sweat the small stuff, sweat the big stuff. And of course by sweat, I mean the thick, sebaceous kind that oozes slowly from your pores after gorging yourself with a Hardee's thick burger.