West Nile is a virus spread to people primarily through mosquito bites. Symptoms can be potentially fatal if not treated correctly. There are currently no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV.
What are its effects?
-1 in 5 people get a flu-like illness -severe forms of the disease affects the nervous system, causing inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, muscle paralysis, or death even mild forms leave patients with long-lasting fatigue, depression, weakness, tremor, and other symptoms of brain damage
How does it relate to Indiana?
I aid in transmission when I get bitten by an infected mosquito, then a non-infected mosquito bites me. I have helped spread WNV in Morgan and Tippecanoe counties, and even facilitated two confirmed cases in Hamilton and Lake counties
How does it relate to mental health?
Patients often have to see psychologists after recovery because they have long lasting effects from the meningitis and encephalitis causing inflammation in the brain and spinal cord and need help on the road to recovery.
Statistics about WNV
FACTS ABOUT WEST NILE VIRUS 1) mosquitoes in 53 out of Indiana's 92 counties have tested positive for WNV 2) water that has been stagnant for 7 days can breed up to 1,000 mosquitoes 3) Indiana case fatality rates ranges from 3-15% 4) Marion county's tire recycle day on June 17th aides in controlling breeding
What are possible solutions?
-wear long sleeves and pants form dusk through dawn -use insect repellents -get rid of standing water from containers to limit breeding grounds -install or fix screens on windows and door -continue development and mass production of WNV vaccines that are currently in safety trials