Things to Know about the West Nile Virus

Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoOver the summer, the West Nile Virus carried by mosquitoes has spread across 47 states with over 1100 confirmed cases and 41 deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Controls, the peak of this epidemic will carry on through September.

However, before we all panic from all this, let’s see what www.parents.com say about the West Nile Virus:

  • West Nile Virus comes from WNV-carrying mosquitoes and less than 1 percent of people who are bitten get seriously ill. Moreover, only a few mosquitoes carry the virus.
  • Mosquitoes get this virus when they feed on infected birds.
  • This virus can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, organ transplant, breastfeeding, or from mother to baby during pregnancy
  • Symptoms of WNV include fever, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and occasionally a rash on the chest, stomach, and back. However, about 80 percent of those who are infected don’t know it because they do not manifest the symptoms.
  • There are no antibiotic treatments for WNV because it is viral in nature. However, people get immune from it after being infected.
  • Get rid of puddles and stagnant water in your home since mosquitoes thrive in these environments.
  • Stay indoors during dawn and dusk since this is when mosquitoes are most active.
  • You can protect yourself from mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves or pants when going outside. For babies, insect nettings can be used. Moreover, DEET-based insect repellents are also useful for defending yourself from mosquitoes.

Remember, however, that despite the epidemic spreading in various States, we should not panic. We just have to follow simple steps and to arm ourselves with the right information regarding the WNV.

If you want to read more about the West Nile Virus, you can visit this page.

Stay Safe everyone!

Lots of Love,

Tara

Image courtesy of phil.cdc.gov via wikipedia.org

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