We’re all going to die: West Nile Virus

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West Nile Virus is a disease passed by mosquitoes. In the past 2 weeks cases of West Nile Virus human infections have been reported in MontanaLouisianaMississippiOregonNew MexicoIdahoSouth CarolinaPennsylvaniaKentucky and widespread West Nile Virus activity in East Texas. In fact, West Nile Virus human infections have been reported in 39 of the 49 contiguous states.

	This map shows the incidence of human West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease (e.g., meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis) by state for 2016.  West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported to CDC ArboNET from the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

As of September 13th the Center for Disease Control reports 662 total cases of West Nile Virus and 18 deaths from the virus.

According to the CDC, most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile Virus do not develop any symptoms. About 20% of people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, which may linger for weeks. Less than 1% of people who are infected with West Nile Virus will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). Some of the neurologic effects may be permanent. About 10% of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.

There is no vaccine or treatment for West Nile Virus. And as mosquito seasons have been growing longer the infection rates of mosquito-borne diseases have increased.

That is all.

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