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.
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.
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