West Nile finds a home in the West

Durlin, Marty
November 2007
High Country News;11/12/2007, Vol. 39 Issue 21, p8
The article focuses on the infections caused by West Nile virus-bearing Culex mosquito in the U.S. Kevin Parks was one of the 345 people in Colorado diagnosed with West Nile virus in 2006 and one of 66 who contracted one of the more serious strains that affected the nervous system. Parks experienced flu-like symptoms such as high fever, vomiting, and vision loss and was diagnosed with encephalitis. The author claims that about 20 percent of the people bitten by an infected mosquito will have symptoms of West Nile fever and that less than one percent of them suffer from neiroinvasive form of the virus such as encephalitis, meningitis or a polio-like disease called acute flaccid paralysis.


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