Alarming Consequences Of The California Drought You May Not Have Expected

February 27, 2015 4:25 AM

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Alarming Consequences Of The California Drought You May Not Have Expected

What happens when America’s most populous state runs low on its most precious resource for the fourth year in a row? A lack of rainfall doesn’t just result in problems for farmers, the food industry and people with sprawling lawns. It can have serious consequences that aren’t so obvious. While there have been concerns about California’s relentless drought creating weird-tasting beer and driving a sudden surge in succulent thievery, there are lesser-known side effects that are pretty alarming.

"The proportion of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus is at the highest level ever detected in California," Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health announced in September. By the end of 2014, the state had recorded 798 human cases, the most since 2005 and more t...

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