West Nile Virus: Are Hemorrhagic-Encephalitis-Mosquito Borne Illnesses Spreading Globally

West Nile Virus is a zoonotic arbovirus that belongs to the flavivirus genus, in the flavivindae family of Mosquito-borne viral infections.

Approximately 80% of West Nile virus infections in humans have no symptoms.The cases that are symptomatic are called West Nile Fever, in cases without neurological disease. Symptoms may include fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches & pain with a general malaise, nausea, anorexia, vomiting, myalgias and rash.

Less than 1% of the cases are severe and result in neurological disease when the central nervous system is affected, and that is termed West Nile Hemorrhagic Fever.

West Nile Virus infections are at an all time high in the United States, with 5,207 reported cases in the U.S. with 234 deaths. This total is twice as many as for the previous 3 years, 2009, 2010, and 2011, the total of the 3 being 2,453 cases reported, with 132 deaths occurring.

Can the rise in the Earth’s median temperature be to blame?

The Planet Earth is warming up, and as Global temperatures rise, threats to food s

ecurity from decreased crop yields are a distinct possibility.

Some interesting facts to consider.

The average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for June 2012 was 1.13 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the fourth warmest June on record.

Temperature for June 2012 was the all-time warmest June on record, at 2.34 degrees Fahrenheit above average.

The globally-averaged land surface temperature for June 2012 was also the all-time warmest June on record, at 1.93 degrees Fahrenheit above average.

Global Warming is happening, witness the Greenland Ice sheet melt-off this year. The Arctic Ocean and the Continent of Antarctica are melting at a frenetic pace as well. But what does this mean for our planet?

Let’s look at one potential problem.

Mosquito borne illnesses.

The  spread of  the West Nile Virus in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions, and proliferation of mosquito borne illnesses like Dengue Fever and Malaria is a cause for concern among the leading health organizations, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, and the World Health Organization, WHO.
Now scientist’s and naysayers can debate the causes of Global Warming until they are blue in the face, regardless of its causes, it is happening.
If you’ve ever been to Alaska in the summertime, you know about the mosquito problem.
They are everywhere. In colder climates, adult mosquitoes will hibernate as the cold weather approaches, and the mosquitoes life cycle varies from as little as 4 days to several months.
Factors include species type and the ambient temperature.Mosquito eggs laid by the adult female mosquito have a gestation period of 4 to 14 days, going from egg to larva to pupa to adult in this time frame.
However these eggs can freeze and then continue the gestation period upon thawing.With ancient ice melting rapidly in Greenland, Antarctica, and the Arctic Ocean, will ancient mosquito eggs, and the associated viruses and parasites they may carry, be responsible for the obvious worldwide disease outbreaks of the last few years?
Glaciers in the European Alps have been melting as well, and this can’t be good either, as the Black/Bubonic Plague outbreaks of the 14th, 17th and 18th centuries were centered in Europe and Asia, and of Pandemic proportions.
The Black/Bubonic plague virus was said to have been spread by the fleas that were carried by infected mice. Fleas are Arthropods, just like mosquitoes, and these types of insects are responsible for transmitting disease to as many as 700 million people worldwide each year.

Some of the diseases they transmit are the West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria and Yellow Fever, just to name a few.

Could the melting Ancient ice be releasing mosquitoes and fleas from another century, insects carrying parasites and viruses from another time and place in world history?

The answer is yes and it may be happening even as we speak.

Here in the United States the West Nile Virus has been spreading all summer, and the numbers this year have exceeded all other years. Dengue Fever has taken hold in the African Continent, with a major outbreak being reported in Uganda. Malaria outbreaks in the Western Highlands of Kenya and other parts of Africa are increasing, and it is not even summer in the Southern Hemisphere yet.

The signs of global warming are apparent, and our original indicator of climate change  related problems, the hole in the earth’s ozone layer, now looks like just the first of many potential problems related to Global Warming, and definitely not the last.

Our world is changing, and not for the better it would seem. Advocates of Global Warming and Green technologies have been trying to warn us for years of this eventuality, to no avail. President Obama even mentioned Global Warming in his election day acceptance speech. It is time for the World to wake up and take notice, and try to mitigate the outcomes from our ignorance to the effects of climate change.

If you think you may have come in contact with someone that has any of these terrible diseases, or if you nthink you may have any of the signs or symptoms, consult your Doctor or a Healthcare Professional at once.

Article by Jim Donahue

One Response to "West Nile Virus: Are Hemorrhagic-Encephalitis-Mosquito Borne Illnesses Spreading Globally"

  1. Robb Moffett   November 25, 2012 at 3:31 am

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