West Nile This Year Claims First Human Victim

Posted: Sep 9 2014, 6:30am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 9 2014, 6:42am CDT, in News | Other Stuff


West Nile this Year claims First Human Victim
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A breakout of the virus that has been labeled West Nile this year claimed its first human victim.

The only case of West Nile virus afflicted a man above 60 years of age as reported by the La Salle County Health Department. The elderly gentleman fell ill sometime last month. 

Similar cases of West Nile virus in humans have been reported since the beginning of the Noughties. The mosquitoes in the region were active in August. And around this time in the year the virus is rife too. 

According to Ted Pumo, director of Environmental Health in La Salle, “This is the time of year we expect to see the potential for human cases increase. Even as we move into the fall months with fluctuating temperatures, it is important to protect yourself against mosquito bites and possible West Nile virus infection.

“Mosquito activity does slow down as temperatures drop, but until our area experiences a hard freeze you still need to protect yourself. The best way to protect yourself against illness is to wear insect repellent and to get rid of any stagnant water around your home to reduce the number of mosquitoes.”

As winter and fall approaches though the mosquitoes become less numerous and the disease dies down. The ideal method of prophylaxis is draining any pools of dirty water and applying insect repelling liquid to one’s skin. 

The mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds then bite human beings and the result is a case of the viral illness. Among the symptoms are: pyretic signs, stomach sickness, cranial pain and muscular fatigue. 

The signs of the malady may last for a few days or even weeks. Some people don’t show any outward signs of illness though. There have been special cases where the infected individual has passed away due to the illness. 

Precaution is the best method of prevention. The reduction in exposure to such an environment where one has a chance of being bitten by a mosquito is the first step. 

Then the employment of mosquito repellent liquids is another favored method of warding off the disease. Finally by fighting the disease on a community level, one can actually create the conditions which won’t allow any mosquitoes within miles of your local region. 

The disease is already quite common in animals. This transference to humans spells trouble and will have to be countered with definite measures that work in real life. 

Ultimately, it is the mosquitoes which are the middle-insects and they have to be destroyed by any means possible. What you cannot cure you must prevent by safeguards and patient care. 

All it takes is a little bit of extra protection against the agents and vectors of this otherwise rare disease.

Source: MyWebTimes

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