Tuesday, 11 September, 2007 10:42 PM
West Nile Virus on the Rise -
Dengue Fever in U.S.
Memorial Day and the
4th of July are over and the battle of the bugs is
in full swing, or should we say… swat. By now, people are
the outdoors regularly for everything from BBQ's to gardening, hiking
and camping. However, these days bugs are not simply annoying, but
potentially dangerous with the potential to carry serious diseases
as West Nile Virus, Lyme disease or even Dengue fever. No longer
these illnesses a threat to those living or traveling throughout
and Africa – they are here in the United States.
According to a recent
New York Times article, cases of West Nile virus
in 2007 are already four times what they were one year ago, pointing
what could be a serious epidemic as most cases occur in August and
September. Good Morning America recently reported that 1.3 million
Americans have been infected with the West Nile virus since 1999.
one in five infected individuals show symptoms, but one out of every
people infected develop serious disease. There were 4,269 cases
Nile virus reported to the CDC in 2006, including 177 deaths.
Also alarming are the
latest reports of dengue fever raging across Asia,
and described as the worst outbreak of the mosquito borne virus
decade. Cases of dengue fever have also been detected within the
States with doctors and healthcare workers being warned to stay
lookout for patients with symptoms of the disease, primarily in
travel, climate change, environmental
degradation and changing human migration patterns have all contributed
to shifting patterns of insect-borne disease in the United States
abroad. Some scientists predict a resurgence of tropical diseases
as malaria in zones where the disease had been eradicated such as
southern United States. As the emergence of West Nile Virus in the
United States has demonstrated, infectious and vector-borne diseases
know no borders and we should be vigilant about protecting ourselves
from these potentially deadly diseases.
Disease Symptoms & Prevention Techniques
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.
What are the Symptoms
of Dengue Fever?
High fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, nausea, and
there is a rash, it appears 3-5 days after the on-set of the fever
usually in the torso area then spreading to arms, legs, and face.
1.) Reduce the number of mosquito bites you get by wearing insect
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and by using topical insect repellents when outdoors.
2.) Protect yourself
from dusk to dawn – the prime mosquito biting hours.
3.) Reduce the number
of mosquitoes around your home by eliminating standing water which
acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. (flower pots, children's
pools, watering cans, gutters etc.)
4.) Secure window and
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