LETTER: 'Mosquito' an ill-chosen moniker

Dear Editor:

For years I have often wondered why the City of North Vancouver named public parks and areas after mosquitoes – Mosquito Creek, Mosquito Creek Marina, etc.

article continues below

To me those names had a negative connotation and for anyone with an allergy to mosquitoes, we avoid places where they might be.

Most of us are aware mosquitoes can cause serious illness (such as malaria) and even death. The mosquito-borne Zika virus is currently spreading explosively throughout more than two dozen countries with a number of (travel-related) cases now discovered in Canada. This virus is transmitted by certain types of mosquitoes and has been linked to neurological illnesses including Guillain-Barre syndrome, an immune disorder that causes weakening of the muscles; but mainly Zika has been linked to thousands of babies born with severe neurological disorder.

Travel advisories have been posted for pregnant women travelling South due to insurance coverage.

Given the negative connotation of the name, I would like to ask: is it not time to rename the mosquito-named areas to something more appropriate?

D.M. Wilson
North Vancouver

What are your thoughts? Send us a letter via email by clicking here or post a comment below.

Read Related Topics

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The North Shore News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Train POLL

Should B.C. invest in high-speed rail service to Portland?

or  view results

Popular News

Community Events Calendar