West Nile Virus

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West Nile Virus
Don't be in denial about West Nile!

Don't be in Denial about West Nile Virus
The house mosquito, Culex pipiens, has a lifespan of just seven
days, but in those seven days it can wreak havoc on humans.
Known as a bridge vector, this pesky mosquito transmits viruses
between birds and mammals when previously it only targeted
birds! It's the mosquito responsible for West Nile Virus.

Deadlier than previously thought, people infected with West Nile
may still die years after recovery! People die from kidney
problems and associated renal failure. The strangest thing about
the virus is that symptoms affects just one in every five people.
Here's how to prevent West Nile Virus...

How to Deal with West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus starts off with typical flu-like symptoms, but
comes with severe headaches and seeing spots. Symptoms
usually start anywhere from 2 to 14 days after being bitten by a
West Nile Virus carrying Culex pipiens mosquito.

This species of blood-feeding mosquito, also bring other
diseases, such as Japanese encephalitis, meningitis, and
urticaria. Homesteaders should note that this mosquito also
brings disease to pets and livestock, including, Western Equine
Encephalitis, Heartworm in dogs, and bird malaria.

Here's how to deal with West Nile Virus..

#1: Wear insect repellent and cover yourself.
Know that the mosquito responsible for West Nile Virus feeds
during the daytime, which is why you need to protect yourself in
the daytime. To begin protection in peak season, cover yourself
and wear an insect repellent. Mosquito bracelets are helpful as
are natural essential oil products, such as
citronella.


#2: Remove stagnant water.
The Culex pipiens mosquito loves to hang around polluted waters,
especially where there is a malfunctioning septic system or
evaporation pools, and stagnant ponds.

#3: Know the cures and potential cures.
The medical experts will tell you that there is no vaccine and no
prescription antiviral treatments available for West Nile virus
infection; however, preppers know that there is always hope.

  • Colloidal Silver offers hope to those infected, though it's not
    approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

  • Pain relief. For pain relief can take ibuprofen or aspirin to
    relieve the muscle aches and headaches that West Nile Virus
    brings.

  • Brain swelling. Complications of West Nile Virus include
    inflammation of the brain (swelling). About one in every 150
    patients will develop problems in the central nervous
    system, such as meningitis, encephalitis, and acute flaccid
    paralysis/poliomyelitis. A physician may provide intravenous
    fluids and medications to lower the risk of infections.

#4: Don't be in Denile about West Nile
Surely West Nile Virus is a serious disease, though not as bad as
Ebola on the fear scale. Nonetheless, don't be in denial about
West Nile and here's why:

  • When mosquitoes thrive, so does the West Nile Epidemic.
    Did you know that a mosquito can lay 300 eggs in her two to
    three week lifetime? Only the females make a blood meal,
    and she needs only a tiny space of water to breed. Each time
    the infected mosquito feeds it spreads the illness through its
    saliva.

  • One mosquito bite can change a life! Don't' be in denial
    about West Nile, you could be one mosquito bite away from
    a nightmare even though you live no where near the West
    Nile river. West Nile Virus arrived in the United States in
    1999, while the first case in Canada was in 2002. The
    Incubation period is 2 days to 2 weeks.

  • One infected bird can bring on an epidemic. Most preppers
    don't realize that West Nile Virus requires a host (it's carried
    by infected birds). Crows and Blue Jays are particularly
    vulnerable. Unlike Avian Flu; however, West Nile Virus
    requires mosquitoes to infect humans.

How do you get West Nile Virus?
Here's how it starts: a mosquito bites an infected bird, and then
it bites an unlucky human for its blood meal. (The mosquito may
also bite animals or other birds.) It's the infected saliva of the
mosquito that infects the person from the bird. This mosquito
then goes after another blood meal biting other humans and if
another mosquito bites an infected human the cycle perpetuates
further. (Similarly,
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever is carried out by the
infected mosquito human to human, but the original carrier is
unknown.)

  • Can you get West Nile Virus from a chicken?  The short
    answer is that it's unlikely. While a chicken may become
    infected, it will show no signs of infection and becoming ill.
    That's because chickens quickly develop antibodies to the
    virus (between 5-7 days). This means the level of the virus
    is low and not high enough to infect other mosquitoes. Also,
    there is no evidence of animal to animal transmission,
    though scientists are on the watch for mutations.

  • Can you get West Nile from human contact? You can't get
    West Nile Virus from casual contact (touching). The disease
    is bloodborne. It carries from mosquito to a human, rarely
    from human to human; however, there have been cases of
    pregnancy from mother to baby; also through breastfeeding;
    and infections through blood transfusions.

  • What is an Epidemic versus Pandemic? Because attack
    rates of West Nile Virus have been moderate and
    symptomatic, generally the disease is referred to as an
    epidemic and not a pandemic. A pandemic infects many more
    people than an epidemic. A pandemic is an epidemic of
    global proportions. While West Nile Virus has spread around
    the globe, it is still currently spread from infected
    mosquitoes to humans, not from human to human through
    casual contact.

What are the warning signs of West Nile Virus?
If it weren't bad enough to get a summertime fever, the deadly
West Nile Virus also may bring on devastating meningitis-like
symptoms that start off with neck stiffness, confusion and
disorientation. It's a dangerous neurological disease that brings
on possible coma; tremors, convulsions; muscle weakness; and
even paralysis!

  • In addition to the fever, headache and nausea, telltale
    signals you've got a bad case include:
  • confusion
  • stiff neck
  • weakness and general malaise

  • Complications associated with West Nile Virus:
  • coma
  • convulsions
  • tremors
  • menangitis- like symptoms (Medicine is available to
    decrease the swelling of the brain for such patients,
    which will help reduce the amount of nerve damage.)
  • muscle weakness leading to paralysis

Who is most at risk to contract West Nile Virus?
  • People most at risk include:
  • People over 50 are most at risk
  • Those with high blood pressure
  • Also those with heart disease
  • Women during pregnancy.

(Medicine is available to decrease the swelling of the brain for
such patients, which will help reduce the amount of nerve
damage.)

As the earth warms, West Nile begins its spread because
mosquitoes thrive in a parched environment. As water sources
shrink the warmer temperatures increase mosquito season length.
Flood waters and continuous rains are contributing to the increase
in cases of West Nile Virus, which are all a result of global
warming. As flood waters subside, stagnant water remains. Then
the temperature warms and you have the perfect breeding ground
for disaster.

West Nile Update in the United States:
The first case of West Nile Virus was in New York in 1999. The
disease has continued and is currently in these locations
:




Interestingly, many people bitten by mosquitoes do not know
they have the West Nile Virus! It's strange, but true:

  • 80% of those bit by a West Nile Virus infected mosquito
    won't know they have it. They have no symptoms because
    their bodies fight off the disease.

  • 19% of those bitten get mild symptoms, including
    headaches, fever and nausea.
  • 1% have the severe symptoms we all dread, including
    convulsions and paralysis, and sometimes death.

What you need to know about West Nile Virus...

  • Global warming is a factor. Drought increases the risk of
    West Nile Virus.Global warming is increasing the prevalence
    of West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes love heat, precipitation and
    humidity!

  • Damage is long lasting and devastating. Patients can get
    lasting and permanent brain damage long after the initial
    phase of the virus does damage.

Unfortunately, West Nile Virus is making a comeback in part
because of global warming and drought! Mosquitoes thrive in heat
and humidity. Because West Nile Virus is travelling around the
globe it has more opportunity to mutate.

Don't be in Denial about West Nile!
Don't be "in denial" about West Nile, take action now to avoid it!
The three most important things you can do to protect yourself
from West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites by:
  1. wearing insect repellent (the CDC recommends DEET)
  2. covering yourself in protective clothing (baggy clothes are
    better than tight fitting).
  3. eliminating stagnant water around your home (the less
    skeeters the better!).

Don't be in Denial about West Nile ~People infected with West
Nile Virus may die years after recovery from kidney problems and
associated renal failure. Here's what a prepper can do to deal
with the virus and the sneaky house mosquito...

Happy endings...
Thankfully, West Nile virus is not transmitted person to person. A
book on the market, 4 Little Known Treatments West Nile virus,
by Nicholas St. Jon, offers hope for a cure including
organic
coconut oil*, Sambucus nigra, Colloidal silver, and a Vitamin C IV.
Take the research into consideration if a medical doctor is not
available in time of crisis.

  • NOTE: A Vitamin C IV is considered a dietary supplement.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not
    approved the use of IV high-dose vitamin C as a treatment
    for cancer or any other medical condition, such as West Nile
    Virus.

The good and happy news is that if you're preparing for West Nile
Virus, then you're simultaneously dealing also with the problem
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever!

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