Wednesday, August 15, 2012

West Nile Virus

While rain is always good in Texas, er, anywhere where a drought exists, there is always a negative side to it that comes after the rain is gone. Mosquitoes, flies and other insects. However, this year Dallas and the surrounding suburbs are experience the West Nile Mosquito Virus. There's been several deaths in Dallas and now Plano has had its 5th case! Yikes! We live by a creek....I'm not sure its full but I'm very sure there is standing water in it. When I get bit, I'm suddenly freaking out. So, we are spraying ourselves to death with mosquito repellent.

It's not like we go out to our backyard to play in the middle of August, it's too damn hot to do so, but now we have to fear not only the hot sun, now we got to watch out for a mosquito!

Dallas is deciding whether to do an aerial spray over the city and so is Ft. Worth. The health experts say is completely safe while very few say they are uncertain. I say spray! We don't need anymore deaths!

I have never wished for a really cold, freezing, ice, snow winter EVER!

This is what I found on the symptoms related to the West Nile Virus:

Q. If I have West Nile Fever, can it turn into West Nile encephalitis?A. When someone is infected with West Nile virus (WNV) they will typically have one of three outcomes: No symptoms (most likely), West Nile fever (WNF in about 20% of people) or severe West Nile disease, such as meningitis or encephalitis (less than 1% of those who get infected). If you develop a high fever with severe headache, consult your health care provider.
West Nile fever is characterized by symptoms such as fever, body aches, headache and sometimes swollen lymph glands and rash. West Nile fever generally lasts only a few days, though in some cases symptoms have been reported to last longer, even up to several weeks. West Nile fever does not appear to cause any permanent health effects. There is no specific treatment for WNV infection. People with West Nile fever recover on their own, though symptoms can be relieved through various treatments (such as medication for headache and body aches, etc.).
Some people may develop a brief, WNF-like illness (early symptoms) before they develop more severe disease, though the percentage of patients in whom this occurs is not known.

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