West Nile Virus Infections Have Spread to 48 States So Far this Year

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Insect Shield® Repellent Technology helps explain the symptoms to watch for, how to stay protected and who is most at risk.

CDC Map of West Nile Virus Infections - 2012

According to Charles Apperson, Professor of Entomology, North Carolina State University, “Spring rains followed by hot, dry weather are conditions that promote the production of Culex mosquitoes that amplify the virus in bird reservoirs.”

According to the CDC, as of September 25, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. 3,545 cases have been reported thus far in 2012. This number is the highest of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the last week in September since 2003.

Where is the biggest concentration of West Nile Virus Cases?
The CDC reports that seventy percent of the cases have been reported from eight states (Texas, Mississippi, South Dakota, Michigan, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Illinois) and 38 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas.

West Nile Virus Facts & Prevention Techniques
What is West Nile?
A strain of encephalitis, a disease carried by certain mosquitoes.

What are the Symptoms of West Nile Virus?
Severe symptoms can include high fever, strong headache, nausea and vomiting, neck stiffness and muscle aches, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. 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.

Who is most at risk for West Nile?
People older than 50 and young children.

How soon does one get sick after being bitten?
Up to 14 days post-bite.

What Steps Can People Take To Protect Themselves from West Nile Virus Infection?

  •     Be aware of the local West Nile virus activity and take action to stay protected
  •     Information about where WNV cases are occurring in the United States is available via: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/
  •     The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites:

o    Use insect repellents on exposed skin when you go outdoors
o    Wear long sleeve shirts, pants, sock and/or hats that are treated with Insect Shield® Repellent Technology – especially during dawn and dusk hours when mosquito activity peaks.

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o    Install or repair screens on windows and doors
o    Empty standing water from items such as flowerpots, buckets, kiddie pools and gutters.

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