One of the most unpleasant memories of the past comes back to haunt us: the West Nile virus is back and has already made a victim, in Texas.
The identity of the victim has not been revealed, but it has been made public that the person was 60, and he or she lived in Carrollton, North Texas. Also, the diagnostic was confirmed to the patient on July 19, who, unfortunately, couldn’t fight the virus, and died.
Officials in Dallas County have announced 18 cases of West Nile virus on human patients, since the beginning of July. Authorities think of measures, such as spraying pesticides on the area, hoping to kill the bugs responsible for the spreading of the virus.
Doctor Edward Goodman works at Texas Health, and he wants to assure the citizens that the situation is under control:
“I don’t think it’s going to get a lot worse, and I do think we’ll look back on this as a mild season.”
On the other hand, there is another news coming from Colorado: there has been reported the first case of West Nile virus on a horse, at the beginning of August. Specialists say that there are 30% chances that horses should die because of the virus, and their condition can improve as infestation can be prevented thanks so vaccines.
Doctor Keith Roehr (veterinarian) states the following:
“A key thing for horse owners to be aware of is that the vaccinations are a very effective tool to prevent disease — they’ve been very effective and safe. Horses that have had vaccinations in past years, need boosters vaccination. If they have had one already this year, they are probably protected. Horses that have not been vaccinated in previous years, should have an initial vaccine and then a booster within three to four weeks after the initial vaccination.”
Another observation that scientists came across during their research is that the West Nile virus affects robins, which can transmit the virus to mosquitoes that bite them. On the other hand, cardinal birds don’t seem to be affected by the virus:
“But cardinals, even though they can be infected with West Nile virus, are much less likely to have enough virus circulating in their blood to transmit the disease back to feeding mosquitoes,“ said Rebecca Levine, the author of a study published on Monday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
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