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west nile virus

getsgets PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
any info about it?

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  • IraIra PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    West Nile virus is a flavivirus originally only found in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Western Asia. It can infect both humans and animals. It causes you to develop encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. It is transmitted thru the bite of a house mosquito. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, enlarged lymph nodes, changes in mentation (disorientation, hallucination), stiff neck, and seizures, depending on the severity of the infection. As with most viral infections, there is no specific antibiotic medication to cure this, and treatment is mostly supportive and is best done in hospital. Like dengue fever prevention, you can lower your risk by removing stagnant water available in the house which are ideal for mosquito breeding. Dispose of stuff around the house which may be ideal for mosquitos to hide in like used tires and trash cans. Fumigating your house may also be a good idea. Don't stay outdoors when you don't need to, especially not in grassy areas; when you have to go outdoors, you can use insect repellants with DEET so you'll be protected from bites, and wear long sleeved shirts and pants rather than shorts.

    West Nile virus cannot be transferred from person to person or bird to human transmission. However, to be safe, don't handle dead birds without protective equipment like gloves.

    Gets mo, Gets? ;)
  • getsgets PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Thanks for the info, doc!
    gets ko ;)
    yikes! i just read in the papers and heard in the news recently that there are some cases here in NYC at meron na-co-comatose e..
  • IraIra PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    There are cases in New York and in other states across the US who have died because of this, but making a conscious effort to be careful will go a long way towards avoiding you catching the disease.
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