West Nile Virus

By. Max Lenane

What caused it

West Nile Virus was caused by mosquitoes. The first infection in America was in 1999. West Nile Virus was sent to america from Africa, The Middle East, India, and Indonisia

Where was it?

The West Nile Virus was majorly in Orange County, California. it was also in Africa, the middle east, Indonesia, and India. It reached the U.S. in 1999, starting in New York

Prevention

To prevent getting West Nile Virus:


Wear insect repellent to stop getting bitten by mosquitoes.Empty standing water from flower pots, buckets, and barrels because that's where mosquitoes majorly live and breed.Stay indoors between Dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.Use screens on windows, and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Treatment?

There is no known treatment for West Nile Virus. This is because this disease is more like the flu. Unless it reaches the brain. If it reaches the brain get to the hospital right away.

Stats

The most test results testing positive were in Orange County. 499 mosquitoes were tested positive for having West Nile Virus in Orange County. The month of August had the highest test results testing positive for West Nile Virus. If the virus enters the brain it may cause inflammation called Encephalitis. West Nile Virus may also get into the spinal cord or tissue around the brain causing inflammation called Meningitis.

Symptoms

West Nile Virus' symptoms are more closer to the flu's symptoms
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Neck stiffness
  • muscle weakness
  • Death may result

PUMP IT UP!!!

Vaccine

There are no known vaccine for West Nile Virus. But, over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce fever and relieve some symptoms. If cases turn to be severe, patients need to be hospitalized to receive treatment, such as, intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.

Keeping Public Safe

To keep your community safe, use incest repellent when you go outdoors. Repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some lemon oil is best. Another way is to take extra care during mosquito biting hours. Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquito proof your home install screens to windows and doors to do so, also by emptying standing water . standing water is one of a mosquitoes favorite places. And finally by supporting your local community mosquito control plan. Dead birds may also hold WNV, so report to your local authorities if seen.