Thursday, June 16, 2005

Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

Spring, 2005 is the seventh season of living with the West Nile virus here in America. New research shows that the West Nile family of illnesses (yes, there are more than one) are more threatening than once believed.

According to a recent Associated Press report, the West Nile virus is proving to be far more serious than its long-time "nuisance" classification seems to indicate. The medical establishment has long considered West Nile only a serious threat to the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems. But more and more often in the last few years, the virus has been manifesting itself as a polio-like partial paralysis among hardy, healthy, active people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.

Since its first recorded presence in the U.S. in 1999, this insect-borne illness has infected more than 16,000 Americans, killing more than 650. The West Nile is typically spread to humans by female mosquitoes (and tainted blood products). Those infected can be completely non-symptomatic, or they may experience fatigue and weakness, paralysis - and obviously, death.

The AP article quoted one doctor working with the National Institutes of Health as saying that there are currently more annual cases of paralysis in the U.S. caused by West Nile than during many years when polio was at the forefront of American disease worries, back in the 40's & 50's. The problem may be much worse than even this NIH scientist figures, since these West Nile symptoms are often likely to be mistaken by doctors for strokes or other paralyzing ailments.

As time passes, concern about the virus (and its cousin, West Nile fever), seems to be fading somewhat from the public's consciousness - even though, after almost seven years, there is still no cure, no vaccine, or even an approved course of treatment for the disease. And with a relatively mild, wet winter behind us in much of the United States, we will probably see mosquito breeding kick into high gear, and analysts are worried that 2005 might prove to be one of the worst seasons yet for the disease.

This lack of headlines could lead to a dangerous lack of awareness about the only real defense we have against infection: Insect repellants. Until recently, the most recommended products were those that contained 100% DEET, not the safest ingredient by far, to be putting on your body, but recently the CDC has begun to approve "bug sprays" containing more natural ingredients.

Of course, we recommend NoMo from The Wellness Group USA, one of the very best organic insect deterrents available, completely safe, and easy to use. Just spray some on your hands, and apply to all of your exposed areas, and enjoy your gardening, outdoor picnic, sports event, yard work, whatever, and AS A PRECAUTION, stay away from wetlands, swamps, and standing water, whenever possible.

Do these things, and you'll avoid the "West Nile Boys", and have a pleasant, insect bite-free Spring, Summer and Fall.

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