Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 11, 2013
2013 has brought with it record Lyme disease risk and now concerns about West Nile Virus. In Texas the first human case of West Nile has been confirmed in Anderson County. Health officials are urging people to take measures to protect themselves and their families.
According to the CDC, nine states have reported West Nile virus infections. The CDC website states that 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. http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html
Last year, Texas reported 1,868 human cases of West Nile illness, including 89 deaths. It was the worst outbreak in the nation.
Here are a few tips to help protect yourself, your family and outdoor working employees.
What Steps Can People Take To Protect Themselves from West Nile Virus Infection?
Symptoms of West Nile Virus (Courtesy of the CDC)
Approximately 1 in 5 people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1 percent will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).
About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die. People over 50 years of age and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and organ transplants, are at greater risk for serious illness.
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