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In the News: West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus has reared its ugly head again – first appearing as a mosquito borne virus in 1999, we’ve had a resurgence this year with the worst ever US outbreak after a hot summer. In the past few weeks, there have been many documented cases of West Nile, and it has been all over the media. Most cases have been in Texas and surrounding areas, but cases have been reported in 38 states. Arm yourself with the knowledge to protect against this virus:

What is West Nile Virus?

It’s a virus that is usually carried by birds, but transmitted by mosquitoes. Transmission occurs when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then a human. It is not spread from person-to-person contact. It is common in the summer months, into early fall.

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Summer Safety: "Skeeter Syndrome"

Mosquitoes have always been my biggest summer enemy. As a kid (and still even now), an evening outside always resulted in humongous welts that left me looking like a pepperoni pizza. Ugh, miserable. 

Reactions to mosquito bites are the result of the body’s immune response to proteins in mosquito saliva. Generally, the body responds with a big red welt in the first hour or so after a mosquito bite. Over the next 24 hours though, it becomes more firm and very itchy, and then will start to get better over the course of 5-7 days.

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