West Nile Virus

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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus

Treatment~Most people treat symptoms with over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen (CDC.gov)~Most people do recover within a few weeks from mild symtoms (CDC.gov)~There is currently no vaccine available to prevent West Nile Virus (CDC.gov)~There is no antiviral medication avaialble yet (CDC.gov)~ patients who develop worsening symptoms may need to be hospitalized

PreventionUsing insect repellant and covering up exposed skin is key to preventing being bitten by mosquitoes. ~Beachgoers and campers- re-apply insect repellant after swimming to ensure skin is protected~Use insect repellant with DEET, IR3535, picardin, should be used (CDC.gov).

West Nile Virus is a virus, which is most times spread to mammals by being bitten by an infected mosquito that is carrying the disease. The mosquitoes become infected by transmission when they bite infected birds (Gordis, 2014).

Symptoms~ fever ~ body aches ~ joint pain ~vomiting~ diarrhea ~ rash~This Virus can also cause brain and spinal cord inflammation (CDC.gov, 2015)

New YorkAccording to CDC.gov, “Since 2000, 490 human cases and 37 deaths of WNV have been reported statewide” (2015).

Suffolk CountyThe impact on those who live in Suffolk County are at a high risk for being bitten by an infected mosquito especially in the Spring and Summer months when mosquito presence is very high. Those living in Suffolk County have many outdoor activities including state parks, and beaches all where there could be exposure to these infected insects.

Statistics~ Most people infected will not show symptoms~ Symptoms usually appear within to weeks after mosquito bite (CDC.gov)~ This virus can cause major irreversible damage to the neurologic system. ~According to (CDC.gov) “About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die”

Those who love the outdoors BEWARE

Attention: those who love to kayak, canoe, sun bathe, hike, ride bicycles, and all other outdoor activities protect yourselves


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