West Nile Virus

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

Surely West Nile Virus is a serious disease, though not as bad
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.

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!).
  4. knowing that the mosquito responsible for West Nile Virus
    feeds during the daytime.

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

  • 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

  • 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

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.

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 inclung
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
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever!

Related articles...

  • Epidemics and Pandemics

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