La Crosse encephalitis

A science project

Part One

Name, Transmission and Kind

This disease is virus called LACV or La Crosse Virus that is transmitted by mostly daytime mosquitos that has no apparent symptoms for most people.

The bodies effect

The CDC said "Severe LACV disease often involves encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain) and can include seizures, coma, and paralysis. In rare cases, long-term disability or death can result from La Crosse encephalitis. In rare cases, long-term disability or death can result from La Crosse encephalitis."

Infections or Not

LACV is a infectious disease spread by mosquitos especially daytime ones.

Treatment/Prevention

"There is no specific treatment for LACV infection" says CDC"--care is based on symptoms." CDC also says "The best way to reduce your risk of infection with LACV or other mosquito-borne viruses is to prevent mosquito bites. Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks or even stay indoors while mosquitoes are most active. The mosquitoes that spread LACV are most active during the daytime." While there is not a specific treatment some doctors give bed rest, plenty of fluids and Anti-inflammatory drugs.

Part Two

Famous Public Figure

Because the disease is so rare no public figures have gotten LACV.

The dilemma

The dilemma of LACV is that mosquitoes are everywhere especially in southern parts of the US. Also the virus doesn't have any treatment only prevention.

Current Research

Current research does not go very far. There is research to a point of killing off the virus with heat but not very much farther.

Prognosis

The prognosis is very short but varies and treatment as well but is bed rest, plenty of fluids and Anti-inflammatory drugs.

Level 4

A direction to ending this disease is killing off triseriatus, one of the main vectors of LACV. Destroying their homes will reduce and eliminate these mosquitoes and LACV.