West Nile Virus Outbreak In Knox County

News of the outbreak of a potentially deadly virus has reached the ears of the common citizen. This article will not only tell you how to diagnose the symptoms and how to treat them, but also how to prevent them.

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    Summer is turning to fall, and that change in seasons is accompanied by a myriad of cases of the West Nile virus. This virus is spread via mosquito bites, and although most people do not have to suffer from symptoms, it can be fatal for one out of 150 victims. It has already been confirmed to have spread to Knox County Tennessee.

Symptoms of the West Nile virus include fever, headaches, joint pains, diarrhea, vomiting and rashes. One in five people infected with this illness display at least one of these symptoms. For some victims, the contagion can become so severe that it affects the central nervous system and ultimately leads to death. If you are showing any of these symptoms, we recommend you to seek medical attention.

As this virus spreads through mosquitoes, insect repellent is an obvious choice to keep insects away. There are other options such as Lemon Eucalyptus oil and the Mentha pulegium, commonly pennyroyal, squaw ment, and, Mosquito plant. Wearing long pants and shirts will also help prevent you from being bitten.  

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Among other things, people should use one of many CDC-approved insect repellents, wear clothing treated with permethrin (an insecticide), having multiple bodies of water in your yard attracts mosquitoes so removing or relocating these will decrease the chance of being bitten. Keep all these things in mind next time you go outside and you are less likely to be bitten.

 

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