Posted by: msmc4 | March 26, 2010

West Nile Virus

Recently, I have noticed the temperature outside slowly increasing. This rise in temperature serves not only as a reminder of the coming break from school, but also the endless number of warm summer nights. As more and more of our time is spent outside, it vital to remember to apply mosquito repellent.

According to the CDC, the number of West Nile Virus (WNV) cases has increased substantially within the past decade. In the late 1990’s, the majority of cases were documented on the east coast of the U.S. However; if we look at today almost all 50 states have a documented human case of WNV. The WNV is a RNA virus that is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. People who contract WNV often have symptoms similar to the flu. Depending on the immune strength of the host, WNV has the potential to be very serious and even fatal.

Preventing WNV is very simple and only takes a few seconds. By putting on mosquito repellent containing DEET, you are preventing WNV while saving yourself countless hours of uncomfortable itching.



  1. This is great reminder! Thanks!

  2. Birds carry West Nile virus. It was almost certainly a bird that brought the virus to New York in the summer of 1999, but no one knows for sure exactly how it happened. The bird may have been ill, or it may have been relatively healthy: some birds die from the infection while others are unaffected. In any case the bird was bitten by a mosquito while the virus was circulating in its bloodstream.;

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