West Nile Virus is a concern in Wisconsin. I saw this article this morning http://www.hillsdale.net/newsnow/x1814083345/West-Nile-Virus-a-concern-in-Michigan.
The reality is that the article could have been written about the north east as well as many other parts of the country.
What is west nile? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004457/ It is a disease spread by mosquitoes. Apparently Mosquitoes bite an infected bird and then bite humans.
It is caused by a virus and in many people has no effect. In others it causes flu like symptoms and in others it can cause severe effects.
Because it is a virus there is no vaccine. The solutions are all preventive
• Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes out of buildings see http://www.vtarmynavy.com/mosquito_netting.htm.
• Empty water from mosquito breeding sites, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes lay eggs.
• Avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Wear light colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
• Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA-approved repellent, to exposed skin or clothing, always following the manufacturer’s directions for use http://www.vtarmynavy.com/High_DEET_Insect_Repellents.htm.
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