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									West Nile Virus

The West Nile virus is an illness that is transferred to humans when they
are bitten by infected mosquitoes. Some people believe this is a type of
virus that will only affect people in third world countries. Yet
confirmed cases of it have been found in all areas of the world. In fact,
any place where there are mosquitoes there is a risk of someone
contracting West Nile. Since 1999 there have been confirmed cases of it
in the United States.

It is very important to do all you can to prevent West Nile cases from
increasing. You nee to keep yourself and your family safe. Since it isn’t
possible to stay indoors all the time when mosquitoes are around you have
to be safe. Wearing long sleeved shirts and pants will help to prevent
your body from being exposed. Use repellent with DEET even on your
clothes and areas that are exposed. Some mosquitoes will attempt to bite
through your clothing so don’t overlook this.

There isn’t a vaccine for West Nile virus so you can’t just go to the
doctor and get a shot to take care of it. You definitely will want to see
a doctor though is you start to experience various types of symptoms.
They include fever, fatigue, nausea, swollen glands, and a headache. They
can appear in the weeks after being bitten by a mosquito.

One of the best ways though to really control the spread of West Nile is
to eliminate them. Take action to spray for mosquitoes and to kill their
eggs that are in still water until they hatch. Getting rid of mosquitoes
may seem impossible but if everyone puts some effort into it the number
of them will be reduced.

West Nile virus is the most serious for the elderly and for the very
young. Actions should be taken to make sure they are using the right type
of repellent. Individuals with weakened immune systems will have more
severe problems with West Nile as well. All cases of it should be
reported to the local health department. This way they can get efforts
out to notify the public and to initiate more tactics to eliminate the
mosquito population in the area.

								
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