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The West Nile virus is transmitted through mosquito bites, and the bugs become infected after feeding on birds carrying the virus.
To reduce the risk of West Nile virus, Wilhite urged residents to eliminate sources of standing water around their homes.
cases in which West Nile virus caused illness in 2005
Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have successfully created vaccines (substances that help the body fight off viruses) to safeguard horses and monkeys from the West Nile virus.
Even though most people won't get sick from West Nile virus, we owe it to our families, neighbors, pets and wildlife to reduce the incidence of this mosquito-borne disease.
It approaches 100% in laboratory-infected crows (making crows an important marker for the spread of West Nile virus in a specific community).
So far, this year, we've had a few reports of mosquito bites, but no West Nile virus claims," says Fortin.
In the meantime, physicians are urged to stay alert to the possibility of diagnosing West Nile virus in their patients, even if the virus has not been a factor in their communities in previous years.
Based on our experience with three children last summer, I suspect that other cases labeled aseptic meningitis also might have been West Nile virus infections.
phone calls from parents concerned about West Nile Virus .
Research has shown that organ transplants or blood transfusions may be a secondary problem that contributes to the transportation of the West Nile Virus.
Human illness from West Nile virus is rare, even in areas where the virus has been reported.

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