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West Nile Virus WARNING.....(what to look for)

snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques 2012/08/22 23:43:10
CDC: More than 1,100 cases of West Nile reported through August

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Published August 22, 2012







  • Mosquito at Work

    James Gathany




The Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday this is shaping
up to be the worst year ever for West Nile Virus infections and deaths
in the U.S. The virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, is now to blame for 41
deaths across the country with more than 1,100 people infected -- and
those numbers are expected to climb.



The number of cases has risen dramatically in the past few weeks.
CDC officials say numbers are alarming given there were only 25 cases
reported nationwide this time last month. The only states that do not
have reported cases of the virus are Hawaii, Alaska and Vermont.



“There have been more cases reported to us at this time of year than
ever before,” said Dr. Lyle R. Petersen, director of Vector-Borne
Infectious Diseases for the CDC. “This will be amongst the biggest or
the biggest break we’ve had in the United States.”



Texas officials are working closely with the CDC to get a handle on
the outbreak. Dr. David Lakey, commissioner for the Texas Department of
Health, said his state is the center of the outbreak. Statewide, there
are 586 reported cases with 21 deaths. Lakey said there were four more
reported cases and one additional death yesterday, but those have not
officially been confirmed.



Dallas County, which includes the city of Dallas, is under a public
health emergency with the largest number of cases in the state. For the
first time in decades, county officials have been spraying pesticides
over the city and its suburbs overnight. The last round of spraying took
place Monday after weather had delayed the treatment last week. Lakey
said the spraying is the best way to get a handle on this public health
epidemic. He said state officials support the localities that request
the aerial spraying.



During a conference Wednesday he said there is no evidence the aerial spray poses a threat to humans.



Why this year?



There are a number of factors which contribute to an outbreak.
Experts are not willing to pin-point one specific reason for the
outbreak of 2012, but they point to studies that prove warmer
temperatures lead to higher instances of virus transferability in
mosquitoes. Peterson said our mild winter, early spring and unusually
hot summer likely have allowed the mosquitoes to thrive more than in
past years. In Dallas, the heat combined with stagnant water creates a
perfect mosquito breeding ground.



What to look for?



Symptoms of the virus vary, and according to the CDC, four out of
five people never feel sick. The most serious symptoms show only a small
percentage of people, about one in 150. Those symptoms could include
high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors and
convulsion – even vision loss, and paralysis. Milder symptoms could
include fever, headaches, and body aches as well as vomiting.



It takes anywhere between three to 14 days before symptoms show, but when the symptoms do show up, it hits hard.

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Introduction


West
Nile virus (WNV) has emerged in recent years in temperate regions
of Europe and North America, presenting a threat to public and
animal health. the most serious manifestation of WNV infection
is fatal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in humans and
horses, as well as mortality in certain domestic and wild birds.
WNV has also been a significant cause of human illness in the
United States in 2002 and 2003.












 West Nile Virus Map - Click for Larger Image


History


West
Nile virus was first isolated from a febrile adult woman in the
West Nile District of Uganda in 1937. the ecology was characterized
in Egypt in the 1950s. the virus became recognized as a cause
of severe human meningitis or encephalitis (inflammation of the
spinal cord and brain) in elderly patients during an
outbreak in Israel in 1957. Equine disease was first noted in
Egypt and France in the early 1960s. WNV first appeared in North
America in 1999, with encephalitis reported in humans and horses.the
subsequent spread in the United States is an important milestone
in the evolving history of this virus.


Geographic
Distribution


West
Nile virus has been described in Africa, Europe, the Middle East,
west and central Asia, Oceania (subtype Kunjin), and most recently,
North America.


Outbreaks
of WNV encephalitis in humans have occurred in Algeria in 1994,
Romania in 1996-1997, the Czech Republic in 1997, the Democratic
Republic of the Congo in 1998, Russia in 1999, the United States
in 1999-2003, and Israel in 2000. Epizootics of disease
in horses occurred in Morocco in 1996, Italy in 1998, the United
States in 1999-2001, and France in 2000, and in birds in Israel
in 1997-2001 and in the United States in 1999-2002.


In
the U.S. since 1999, WNV human, bird, veterinary or mosquito activity
have been reported from all states except Hawaii, Alaska, and
Oregon.



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  • sglmom 2012/08/23 03:48:55
    sglmom
    +11
    THANKS for the head's up ..
    FOLKS ..
    please also note this can affect OTHER than the Human Species ..
    (it especially affects Avians (Birds) and Equines (Horses) ..)

    Keep your pets/Livestock (and beloved family members) SAFE ..
    and make sure you have good insecticide programs ..

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  • Sherlock Dog BL - a Gazillion 2012/08/25 08:18:23
  • Alphalily 2012/08/25 01:12:37
    Alphalily
    +1
    Staying sprayed up , thanks for all the info.
  • Ken 2012/08/24 22:26:05
    Ken
    +1
    I just heard on the news today that we have one case here in Idaho, in Payette County up by McCall. The man has been hospitalized but will recover. I often take a walk at sunup or just before sundown and usually spray "deets" containing mosquito repellant on my manly legs!

    manly legs
  • snell/G... Ken 2012/08/26 01:11:51 (edited)
  • Ken snell/G... 2012/08/26 01:55:06
    Ken
    I must admit those legs belong to a surrogate!
  • kfallslady 2012/08/24 03:45:25
    kfallslady
    +2
    so sad I pray for all the people and animals effected by this Terrible virus.
  • srini 2012/08/24 03:13:55 (edited)
    srini
    +2
    I've stocked up on Odomos (Indian brand of repellent-cream), wish I could import some DDT spray from India for the purpose.
  • hazel 2012/08/24 02:14:42
    hazel
    +2
    I live in a county where they are starting the dusting tonight
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2012/08/23 22:24:25
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    +2
    Thank's for the info.............
  • Oaces_boss_yo® 2012/08/23 18:07:44
  • BILL 2012/08/23 16:59:15
    BILL
    +2
    Thanks for the info. I just recently read an article that up here in Alaska we don't have the right kind of Mosquitoes or the environment to support the virus
  • snell/G... BILL 2012/08/26 01:13:22
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    Some lady in Canada says its there to....
  • BILL snell/G... 2012/08/26 17:39:43
    BILL
    Well the Feds always screw things up anyway, I am surprised any of us are alive with their misinformation, and loop hole filled regulations
  • Lanikai 2012/08/23 15:28:20
    Lanikai
    +2
    I think the fed released this on us. But everyone needs to be really careful.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/23 14:37:15
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Hmm....I have a swamp 60 feet from my front door.
  • Sheila Torchma... 2012/08/24 13:04:35
    Sheila
    +3
    The very best I have found though is Avon's Skin So Soft. Keeps your skin dewey soft AND repells skeeters!!

    off insect repellant
  • snell/G... Torchma... 2012/08/26 01:15:20 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    Oh Oh ....that's a 'standing pool' of water if i ever saw one!
  • MJ 2012/08/23 14:02:12
    MJ
    +2
    Thanks for the Information! Lets all stay safe!!
  • "Shooter" E-7 ™ 2012/08/23 13:59:31
    "Shooter" E-7 ™
    +3
    Great article and Post Snell !!!!
  • snell/G... "Shoote... 2012/08/26 01:16:30
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +1
    TU sir!
  • ALPEAUX 2012/08/23 13:51:36
    ALPEAUX
    +3
    Question is "How did this crap get here?"...Alpeaux
  • Peggy 2012/08/23 12:35:01
    Peggy
    +2
    I live in the Dallas area. They have been doing aerial spraying for the last week or so. I was amazed at how many people were against it. West Nile is a definite threat, aerial spraying "according to studies" doesn't pose a threat. I would rather get rid a of a definite threat than worry about a slim chance of one developing. The cities all around me have been sprayed, unfortunately, mine opted out.
  • Sheila Peggy 2012/08/24 13:20:06
    Sheila
    Here in Shreveport we have the trucks that drive around spraying out of the back of them. I heard they were doing arial spraying there and I wondered if that would affect OTHER insects. Like bees. I dont know if they have considered all he ramifications of that.

    Dont get me wrong I have family in Dallas including my son and I want the skeeters gone, but I do wonder about the possible collateral damage...

    What do you think?
  • Peggy Sheila 2012/08/24 13:29:47
    Peggy
    +1
    You are absolutely correct. I know bee keepers were covering there hives and some gardeners covered their plants. I would think the truck spraying would have the same effect though.
  • Sheila Peggy 2012/08/24 13:35:18
    Sheila
    +1
    I thought about that the other day as the truck passed. No bees, no US!! I just worry they dont always consider things very well.
  • Peggy Sheila 2012/08/24 14:06:32
    Peggy
    +1
    That my dear is the understatement of the decade!
  • Sheila Peggy 2012/08/24 15:34:09
    Sheila
    +1
    So true I will rave it twice! :-)
  • Peggy Sheila 2012/08/24 22:25:00
    Peggy
    +1
    Thank you.
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2012/08/23 07:20:13 (edited)
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    +3
    My brother had been deathly ill for 3 weeks even going to the ER and admitting himself into the hospital. There he was given IVs and released the next day. Last Friday his doctor had him tested for West Nile. Lab tests came back positive for West Nile. Actually, labs show he has two strains of the West Nile. (He lives in north Dallas)..... As I said on another poll, if anyone reading this goes to ER for feeling deathly ill, tell the doctor and/or nurse you want to be tested for West Nile as the hospital who admitted my brother, gave him IVs, ran labs but failed to test him for the West Nile.

    Meanwhile, we have a friend here in Ft. Worth who is a retired cop. He came down with West Nile 4 months ago and still is in the hospital. As a result he developed Guillian-Barre and is trying to learn how to walk again. That man is still not out of the woods.
  • Peggy Annie~P... 2012/08/23 12:25:26
    Peggy
    +2
    I will be keeping them in prayer.
  • Annie~P... Peggy 2012/09/05 11:54:17
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    Thank you Peggy!
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2012/08/23 04:02:15
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    +4
    Thanks Snell .I have been hearing about this on Foxnews.
  • snell/G... Phyl *I... 2012/08/23 04:22:18
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +4
    you know its gotta be big to make to MSM......they NEVER talk about anything worthwhile.....wlll with exception of FoxNews maybe ;-)
  • ★Calliope★ 2012/08/23 03:56:30 (edited)
    ★Calliope★
    +5
    ... took it upon myself to remove the prior statement as I didn't think the answer through and Nana was kind enough to push my little bitty tired mind a bit :P
  • snell/G... ★Calliope★ 2012/08/23 04:21:23 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +7
    i must have missed it - but you always generally leave knowledgeable posts anyway - couldnt have been that bad.
  • ★Calliope★ snell/G... 2012/08/23 04:37:31
    ★Calliope★
    +5
    Thanks snell, I try.. but I had a colossal brain fart!
  • Peggy ★Calliope★ 2012/08/23 12:26:21
    Peggy
    +2
    I think we have all been there.
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/08/23 03:53:09
    Inquisitve Kat
    +5
    It's in Canada, too... scary stuff.
  • snell/G... Inquisi... 2012/08/23 04:20:30 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +6
    makes you wonder if 'something' or 'someONE' of ulterior motive might be behind its imergence into the NORTH AMERICAN hemisphere.....over the years
  • Inquisi... snell/G... 2012/08/23 04:22:22
    Inquisitve Kat
    +4
    Good point!

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