West Nile Virus, All About It

Essay by cowboy_yeehaHigh School, 12th gradeA+, April 2004

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The West Nile Virus. This is something that we have heard a lot about these past few summers. The only thing is that the virus has been around for quite a while but has never spread like it has these past years. The virus is very threatening in the mosquito-infested areas such as we live in. It can be a deadly virus causing brain infection, you to become paralyzed or even death if you do not know how to treat it, but if you catch it in time you may be able to stop it.

The virus was first found in Africa in 1937. Then in 1999 and 2000 the virus hit New York and the following summers spread to the west. Now it is all over the United States. The virus is spread when a mosquito bites an infected bird. Then when the mosquito feeds on a human, horse, or any other animal, the virus is injected in the blood where it multiplies and causes illness.

The first case in North Dakota was on June 30, 2002. A two-year-old horse was infected with the virus.

The top three things that we need to be concerned with are: the avoidance of being bitten, mosquito proofing our homes, and helping out others in our community with the fight against mosquitoes.

When you walk outside in the summer, one of the main things you will see and hear is the buzzing of the mosquitoes. There are usually no guarantees that you can prevent yourself from being bitten around here, unless you cover yourself in winter clothes or walk around in a glass bubble. Even when you put mosquito spray on it still doesn't seem like it is enough, they just bite right through it, so, you need to make sure that...