By: Lindsey Carpenter
During August 2012, the United States has had an outbreak from the West Nile Virus.
Before the year of 1999 we never had such problems. West Nile is a virus that is transmitted
through mosquitos that contract the virus from infected birds. This outbreak is turning into one of the worst cases that anyone has seen. Although 38 states have reported infections, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Michigan were the main six states affected in the outbreak. As of Tuesday, August 29th, there are 1,118 reported cases and 41 deaths.
To reduce your chances of contracting mosquitos that have the virus, you can empty all
stagnant water from areas such as the water in flower pots, old tires, and your gutters. Mosquitos
breed in nutrient pools of water. You could buy bug repellent that has DEET in the ingredients,
along with wearing long sleeves and pants to decrease exposed skin. Staying inside around dusk
and dawn will also lessen your chances of getting bitten because mosquitos are most active
around these hours.
In my own opinion, I think that this has been the worst outbreak, as I have read the facts.
I have realized that no one is actually safe and we now have to take precautions about going
outside because anyone can become infected with the virus. This applies to social studies
because first off, it has a geographical location of where this disease originated, which was in
Uganda and Africa. Lastly, it was active in the United States until 1999. This all deals with
dates, location, and geography.
- West Nile Virus in Utah County (abc4.com)
- West Nile Virus – How to Protect Your Family and Your Pets (untrainedhousewife.com)
- West Nile Virus “Outbreak” Justifies Spraying Toxic Chemicals onto Citizens (sgtreport.com)