Are You at Risk of Getting West Nile Virus ?

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Like an annual Methuselah, the West Nile Virus is again rearing its ugly head. It is transmitted by mosquitos. Hungry Mosquitos, hoards of them just waiting for that unsuspecting person or animal that is anywhere near their path around dusk or dawn.

According to the Center for Disease Control West Nile Virus has been plaguing Africa (where it was first ?Discovered? in Uganda in 1937). It has been reported in the Middle East; west and central Asia; Oceania; Europe, and starting in 1999 North America. It has been reported in virtually every state throughout the East Coast and Mid-Western United States. Soon it will also hit the West Coast. It is a threat to public, equine, and animal health. The most serious risk in humans and horses when infected is fatal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Death also happens to infected domestic and wild birds.

If you live in an area where they have discovered West Nile Virus activity, you are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis; persons older than 50 years have the highest risk of severe disease.

West Nile Virus is spread exclusively thru bites by mosquitos, though some ticks have been discovered carrying West Nile Virus in their blood. However, now it is not believed that ticks pose any risk of infection.

So How do you avoid getting West Nile Virus?
The obvious answer is to avoid getting bitten by a mosquito. You can curtail all outdoor activity around dawn and dusk. No more jogging in the park, barbequing dinner, late evening softball, etc. So you can hide inside and become a shut in out of fear. You can coat yourself with chemical insect repellants, or you can look for natural methods.

Most methods of avoiding mosquito bites are using hazardous, noxious and harsh chemicals. Still, there is an all natural inexpensive way to ward off mosquitos and avoid getting bitten. In researching my ebook, ?Vinegar Magic? one of the many uses of vinegar I heard of was using apple cider vinegar to stop mosquitos from attacking. I didn?t believe it, so I tried it on myself. Every day for a week I drank two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water. Let me tell you, I noticed a difference. I can be outside barbequing at dusk. I?ll see a mosquito making a bee line at me. It gets close and then suddenly, as if by magic it makes a U-turn and flies away. It?s like I have a magic protective shield around me.

Most municipalities will begin fogging areas for mosquitos with chemical pesticides once they have discovered West Nile virus. That usually means at least one person has been bitten. The incubation period in humans meaning the time from infection to when you see disease symptoms for West Nile encephalitis usually runs three to 15 days. Why run the risk of waiting to become a victim?

Symptoms of West Nile Virus
Most infections are mild, and symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches, occasionally with skin rash and swollen lymph glands. More severe infection may be marked by headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis, and, rarely, death.

Better to not take the risk and drink apple cider vinegar. While the prospect of drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar may sound like a disgusting horrible taste, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar when mixed into eight or 10 or 12 ounces of water does not taste bad. In fact, you can hardly taste the vinegar. Another tip is to mix some apple cider vinegar in your pet?s food. It can help protect them from mosquitos and flies as well. You can find some companies selling apple cider vinegar capsules as a diet aid. (Apple cider vinegar for dieting is also mentioned in my ebook entitled ?Vinegar Magic?.)

Like they say about Chicken soup, ?It couldn?t hurt.? Be careful when using vinegar. Remember it is acidic so don?t take to much thru the day. Think of it like salad dressing without the oil and salad. Like all things use common sense. If you have stomach or other problems, check with your professional care giver.


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// 12.01.2008. 23:21

Can anyone answer these questions about West Nile Virus for me? I need somebody who can answer these questions. Please and thank you. (:

What is West Nile Virus (WNV)?

Who is at risk for getting WNV?

What are some symptoms?

Can it be cured?

How do you prevent WNV?

Do you know anyone who has to deal with WNV?


Admin 12.01.2008. 23:21

1-a mosquito transmitted disease.
2-anybody who gets bite by a carrying mosquito.
3-flue like.
5-avoid mosquito's


WutUget 26.08.2012. 23:07

Can someone help explain the West Nile Virus clearly to me? Okay I am unclear about something. As far as the West Nile Virus is concerned, I understand that this virus is serious and has caused deaths. However, is this a virus that once you get it, you always have it and will always be struggling in combating it, or is this like other common viruses where it will eventually go away an a person who has been infected will regain his/her health and normalcy again?


Admin 26.08.2012. 23:07

ok, I am not fully clear on it either. but here's some info i found. you can also confirm it by talknig to your dr.
According to CDC
"West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. This fact sheet contains important information that can help you recognize and prevent West Nile virus.
Prevention measures consist of community-based mosquito control programs that are able to reduce vector populations, personal protection measures to reduce the likelihood of being bitten by infected mosquitoes, and the underlying surveillance programs that characterize spatial/temporal patterns in risk that allow health and vector control agencies to target their interventions and resources.

The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. Follow the directions on the package.
Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.
Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used.

Serious Symptoms in a Few People. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.

Milder Symptoms in Some People. Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks.

No Symptoms in Most People. Approximately 80 percent of people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all.

Infected Mosquitoes. Most often, WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.
Transfusions, Transplants, and Mother-to-Child. In a very small number of cases, WNV also has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, breastfeeding and even during pregnancy from mother to baby.
Not through touching. WNV is not spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.

eople typically develop symptoms between 3 and 14 days after they are bitten by the infected mosquito.
There is no specific treatment for WNV infection. In cases with milder symptoms, people experience symptoms such as fever and aches that pass on their own, although even healthy people have become sick for several weeks. In more severe cases, people usually need to go to the hospital where they can receive supportive treatment including intravenous fluids, help with breathing and nursing care. " []


LG 31.03.2007. 07:01

Can you instantly die of the West Nile Virus? The West Nile Virus(for people who don't know its a disease carried by mosquitoes)is dangerous I know, but as soon as you get bitten can you die instantly, and if not are there any medicines to cure it permanetly? What are the symptoms? Please answetr my questinons, thank you.


Admin 31.03.2007. 07:01

nope.,there is no cure for West Nile virus infection and no vaccine has been developed to prevent infection in humans. People that develop severe illness require hospitalization, where they receive supportive care, such as intravenous fluids to avoid dehydration and antibiotics to prevent other infections.

symptoms range from a mild, flulike illness, including fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and a red, bumpy rash, to meningitis, in which the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord swell. In rare cases those infected will develop encephalitis, which can cause high fever, a stiff neck, disorientation, paralysis, convulsions, coma, and, in about 10 percent of cases, death. Humans most at risk for severe illness include those over age 50 and those with a weakened immune system.

hope this info will help you..


Mitochondrial Mama 18.09.2010. 23:53

How do I get rid of mosquitoes indoors? I don't know the source- it's probably the garden outside, but they bite us while we sleep and I am concerned for the safety of my animals, as we live in a high-risk environment for West-nile virus, which could potentially kill my exotic birds.
Most of all, they keep biting me and my son and we have enormous welts because we are allergic. Any ideas? I can't exactly bug-bomb the house because of the pets, and I heard that they can live up to 2 weeks. Argh!

Mitochondrial Mama

Admin 18.09.2010. 23:53

The air from fans will keep them off you. Some times during the day they will hang out in a corner or on a ceiling. That is a good time to smash them.


12heart18 29.06.2012. 10:48

What are the chances of me getting West Nile? I live in Texas, and the county I live in (Dallas county) has had a little West Nile outbreak..And so have the counties surrounding us. I was wondering how likely is it for the age group of 13-16 it is to get Severe West Nile (Encephalitis)? And also, How can I protect myself from getting West Nile at all? Its starting to worry me a little.. :-\


Admin 29.06.2012. 10:48

Hello 12heart,

Risk factors

Your overall risk of getting West Nile virus depends on these factors:

?Time of year. The majority of cases in the United States have occurred between the months of July and September.

?Geographic region. West Nile virus has been reported in most of the United States but the Western and Midwestern states have had the highest incidence rates.

?Time spent outside. If you work or spend time outdoors, you have a greater chance of being bitten by an infected mosquito.


Your best bet for preventing West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to avoid exposure to mosquitoes and eliminate mosquito-breeding sites. To help control West Nile virus:

?Eliminate standing water in your yard. Mosquitoes breed in pools of standing water.

?Unclog roof gutters.

?Empty unused swimming pools.

?Change water in birdbaths at least weekly.

?Remove old tires or any unused containers that might hold water and serve as a breeding place for mosquitoes.

To reduce your own exposure to mosquitoes:

?Avoid unnecessary outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most prevalent, such as at dawn, dusk and early evening.

?Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you go into mosquito-infested areas.

?Apply mosquito repellent with DEET to your skin and clothing. Choose the concentration based on the hours of protection you need ? the higher the percentage (concentration) of the active ingredient, the longer the repellent will work. Avoid using DEET on the hands of young children, in case they put their hands in their mouths, or on infants under 2 months of age. When outside, cover your infant's stroller or playpen with mosquito netting.

Take care! Mama Bear


KaitlynisHere. 22.01.2009. 04:37

I have a few questions on West Nile Virus? I have some questions on the west nile virus?
I was wondering what is the end result of west nile virus if its not treated?
If there are any methods of prevention, what are they and who developed them?


Admin 22.01.2009. 04:37

There are some simple ways to prevent getting west nile, it is carried by mosquitoes so basically you need to avoid being bite

There are some steps to protect yourself


Venessa 07.05.2012. 12:03

What are the characteristics of West Nile virus comparison to those of Malaria? In what countries have these viruses been found?


Admin 07.05.2012. 12:03

WNV: The symptoms of severe disease (also called neuroinvasive disease, such as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis or West Nile poliomyelitis) include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 150 persons infected with the West Nile virus will develop a more severe form of disease. Serious illness can occur in people of any age, however people over age 50 and some immunocompromised persons (for example, transplant patients) are at the highest risk for getting severely ill when infected with WNV.

Malaria :Symptoms of malaria include fever and flu-like illness, including shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Malaria may cause anemia and jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin and eyes) because of the loss of red blood cells. Symptoms usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs. Infection with one type of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, if not promptly treated, may cause kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion, coma, and death. In many parts of the world, the parasites have developed resistance to a number of malaria medicines.

The difference is shaking chills, nausia, flu symptoms like puking and pooping all over the place.


Shell c 26.09.2012. 19:19

How does a young adult die from West Nile? I just read that a young adult in their 20's passed away from West Nile where we live. It didn't say if they had health problems. How does this happen? I thought it was young children and older adults who were at greater risk. Now, I'm paranoid because I have tons of mosquito bites.

Shell c

Admin 26.09.2012. 19:19

Some people are more susceptible to West Nile Virus than others, regardless of age. No one knows why, yet. Most people aren't much bothered by it, or get over it after a few weeks of headache and flu symptoms, but a few get very sick and some of them die.


elena K 11.03.2007. 22:28

If the following sentences were a paragraph,which would be the topic sentence? 1) The West Nile virus is a deadly disease carried by mosguitoes that is fairly new to the United States.
2) Twenty- two people had died nationwide from the disease by the year 2002.
3) To avoid getting the virus, you can take several steps.
4) First,tey to stay indoors at dawn and dusk; these are the times of day that mosquitoes are most active.
5) Second, wear long-sleeved shirts,long pants,socks and shoes
6) folowing these simple steps will reduce your risk of getting the West Nile virus

elena K

Admin 11.03.2007. 22:28



Texmex83 05.08.2012. 02:59

Who else is freaked out about the people getting infected with West Nile Virus? I live in North Texas and everyday on the news someone is dying from this.


Admin 05.08.2012. 02:59

There have only been three deaths from West Nile virus in Texas this year. You have a far greater risk of dying in a car accident in Texas where people drive like maniacs.


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