West Nile Virus Makes First US Victim


The West Nile Virus made its first victim

The West Nile Virus made its first victim, despite low counts of mosquitoes. Residents of Saskatoon seemed to be less attacked by mosquitoes this summer. However the ones that do remain have a high risk of carrying the West Nile virus, which left a man paralyzed in Arizona.

According to doctors who are treating him, the man had an extremely rare allergic reaction to the virus and paralyzed from the waist down. Even though he went through physical and psychological pain, Cornelius noticed symptoms of the disease a few days ago. Doctors don’t know if the infected man will ever regain full use of his legs. He will have to undergo serious therapy to recover, physical therapy too, doctors warn.

Cornelius pointed out he felt like an infant. Cornelius’ case is a rare one, as below 1% of the people who catch the virus suffer neurological complications.

West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that sometimes targets people with weak immune systems; a public health official has stated. People should wear long sleeves and long pants to protect themselves from mosquitoes and use mosquito repellents. Other ways of staying clear of mosquitoes are installing nets around door frames and window frames, to protect your home.

Across the US, there are teams which fog mosquitoes away using repellent substances, such as Zenivex E4. Nick Cornelius’ family cannot pay for his medical treatment. They require donations for his medical bill, on a Go Fund Me page.

 The state of Arkansas is now uncovered in front of the Zika epidemical. Federal funds were delayed, and now, efforts to combat the disease will stagnate.

Zika affects pregnant women and newborns. Cariers of the disease may suffer from microcephaly. The condition is lifelong, and it can damage hearing, speech, vision or cognitive abilities.

The two types of mosquitoes originated in East- Africa, respectively East- Asia. Both species are very blood thirsty and bite people aggressively. They need 5 to 10 people before they get enough blood.

Efforts by epidemiologists to stop a full scale epidemical in the States have been undermined by the lack of federal funds. 1.4 million dollars are needed, which would be spent on surveillance, control outbreak control, testing and treatments for people who have been exposed to the Zika virus.

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