What is West Nile Virus?
It is a single-stranded RNA virus that causes the host to run a fever and have other flu-like symptoms. It is a member of the Flaviviridae family of viruses which contain yellow, dengue and Zika. Other symptoms may include rash, swollen lymph nodes, tremors and even paralysis. The worst cases end in death. To enlarge map click here
How is it Spread?
The virus usually infects birds but since bloodsuckers like mosquitoes are not picky on which animals they feed, the virus is able to jump species. The good news is that many people infected with the West Nile virus never develop signs or symptoms, or if they do, they only suffer very briefly.
Risk of West Nile Living in Florida
You may assume that Florida would be at the top of the list concerning the spread of West Nile because of our mosquito situation, but you would be wrong. The top five most infected states for West Nile are:
New Hampshire is the only state in which human infection has not been found. To enlarge map click here
This summer find yourself a nice natural mosquito repellent and wear it when outdoors. Make sure your screen doors are in good working order. Don’t leave water sitting in containers outside of your home after it rains. Pour them out. And play really loud rock and roll music, mosquitoes hate that! Just kidding. But seriously, be aware of the mosquito population in your area and take measures to reduce your risk of getting bit by them. Find a really nice natural repellent to wear.
The mosquito is the deadliest creature on the planet. They kill more people every year than any other animal on Earth, and that includes other people. image source- gatesnotes.com