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Tuesday, 20 August 2019
West Nile Virus (WNV) – Zero positive results last week
Does WNV really pose a threat to us in Moab?
1. Viruses mutate easily.
2. This particular virus (WNV) is spread to humans by mosquitoes. Moab sits right up against the edge of the vector-carrying mosquitoes’ preferred habitat. There is simply no way to kill every mosquito that has the virus, period.
3. The human body does have some natural defenses against viruses, thanks to our immune system, but do not be lulled into thinking this is not a big deal. It is.
4. There are no vaccines against, or treatment for, the neuro-invasive form of WNV, which can cause death. The non-neuro-invasive form, which is more typical, may not even cause you to feel sick - or it can cause a temperature and a few other symptoms.
5. The good news is, that if you protect yourselves with an EPA-approved repellant, avoid the wetlands, inspect your window screens, be vigilant in dumping/reporting standing water – we will all likely be just fine.
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