West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of insects and migratory birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control United States, has killed 41 people and infected 1,118. The problem is that this is a new kind of old West Nile virus vaccine and it does not exist.
According to the CDC, 75 percent of the cases occurred in five states: Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and South Dakota. But epidemiologists warn that even if you do not live in these states, it does not mean you're safe. The outbreaks are possible in any state of the United States.
Symptoms: West Nile virus can have many symptoms, and some people who are infected may not even feel any syndromes until the disease goes into a threatening stage (about 4% of infected). In 20% of infected experience fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, sometimes skin rash and swollen lymph glands.
In the most severe cases, the disease can lead to coma, unconsciousness, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis as the virus attacks the nervous system.
Those most at risk are the elderly and the young. The CDC says that those who experience a fever with a headache should immediately seek medical attention.
Warning: The best method of prevention to stop mosquito bites, mosquitoes is to kill themselves. WFAA in Dallas, Texas, reported that in the towns and cities have resorted to spray pesticides in the air, on land and in standing water to kill the insects. This is a radical decision and authorities are warning residents to be careful when using water from public sources because of pesticides that might be there.
Epidemiologists recommend using repilenty and wear long sleeves and pants, stay indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, use mosquito nets and close windows and doors.