[CT Birds] West Nile virus

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Mon Sep 29 08:07:56 EDT 2014

When discussing something as serious as this it is worth the time to get the full picture.

This is from the Center for Disease Control web site, http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/.

"West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious,  sometimes fatal, neurologic illness."

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

From: minor.craig via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org 
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 12:06 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] West Nile virus

About six years ago I met a guy who had west Nile virus . You may not die from it buy it is crippling . He told me he got while fishing for stripers down by the shore . And he could no longer walk ...not sure if he was ever able to again since the person I knew who was in the same rehab was discharged before he was . .wasn't sure if everyone knew just how serious that virus is . He told me it attacks your brain .  Hope this helps someone and be careful handling dead birds suspected of carrying this desease.

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