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Fischer, Joan (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 51, Number 3 (Summer 2005)

Arnold, Autumn
Epidemic,   pp. 37-41


Page 37

f         4      -    - 
Y JOB IS SAVING ME, which is more than they promised 
during my interview in a dull white room at the county office 
building. Two tired men in short-sleeved shirts asked me very 
little and told me even less about the job I would have for the health 
department. I told them about my freshman biology class, about leaving 
school because of the car accident. I didn't tell them it was my fault, or
that 
David's been dead for five months and I 
can't sleep at night because of the 
sound of cars whooshing past on the 
highway. After they hired me, I learned 
to recognize eleven species of mosqui- 
toes and started work at the end of a 
cul-de-sac where our trailer looks like it 
was dropped from the sky. 
At eight in the morning, there are 
thousands of inert mosquitoes glittering 
with condensation on the table in front 
of me. I use sharp tweezers to grab a 
single insect and lay it on the white 
paper that brings the bands on its legs 
into sharp relief. It's Culex pipiens, the 
species that carries a strain of 
encephalitis that can swell the brains of 
babies and horses. I click the gleaming 
silver hand counter that fits smoothly 
into my palm, then drop the mosquito 
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