According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Nile virus (West Nile virus) in the past, killing 286 people. This is a record since the start keeping statistics in 1999.
"In total, we recorded 5,674 cases of infection Nile virus — said Lyle Peterson, one of the leading doctors CDC. — Only two states — Alaska and Hawaii, the virus is detected. Infection control is one of our top priorities. "
The first case of West Nile virus in North America, physicians recorded in New York City 13 years ago. Presumably, the infection had been imported from Africa humans or pets. Today, the virus affects many mammals of Canada and the United States, but the main carrier of the disease, which is characterized by high fever, fever, nausea and possible paralysis are mosquitoes.
The worst thing is that West Nile virus is beginning to adapt to the American climate. If earlier outbreaks were recorded only in the hot season (mosquitoes, mainly settle near the water), today among the diseased — residents of the northern states. Some of them picked up an infection in the winter months. This is due to the fact that the infected mosquitoes often survive in cellars and sewers.