West Nile Virus is on the rise again


| fbedell@queenscourier.com |



I have just read some most distrubing news: West Nile virus is on the rise. As reported in the news this past weekend, this disease has been pointed out by the CDC that the conditions are right for the spread of West Nile Virus and there could be a serious outbreak.

Now, according to ABC News Tonight, West Nile Virus has spread to 43 states and 26 people have died with 700 people infected. As for myself, I was bitten yesterday by a mosquito, but as of this letter I have no symptons and I am 63 years old.

We all need to take precautions as directed by the CDC. As stated by the CDC, one in five people develop flu- like sympsons and less than 1 percent develop a serious neurological illnesses such as encephalitis and meningitis. The best precautions are as follows: use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and long pants when outside, repair screens and empty standing water from pools. Let us all be safe and prepared and have a healthy end of Summer.