West Nile virus a growing threat

West Nile virus a growing threat

 I have just read some distrubing news: the West Nile Virus is on the rise. 

The CDC said the conditions are right for the spread of West Nile Virus and there could be a most serious outbreak. Now according to ABC News Tonight West Nile Virus has spread to 43 states and 26 people have died and 700 people have become infected. 

As for myself I have been bitten yesterday by a mosquito which may carry the disease but as of this letter I have no symptons and I am 63 years old. 

We all need to take precautions as directed by the CDC. As stated by the CDC, one-in five-people develop flu- like sympsons and less than 1 percent develop a serious neurological illnesses such as encephalitis and meningitis. 

The best precautions are as follows: use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and long pants when outside, repair screens, and empty standing water from pools. Let us all be safe and prepared and have a healthy end of summer.


Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

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