LOS ANGELES (CBS) The United States is aware of the West Nile virus. The most common virus that transmits mosquitoes, and cases takes up this time of year.
You might have noticed that more of the pesky mosquitoes have recently biting, and whether West Nile virus could be carrying a major health concern now. Thirty-six states are reporting infections in humans, birds and mosquitoes.
"We are now around the West Nile virus peak and this will continue until September," said Dr Peter Hotez from Baylor Medical College. "West Nile virus is the biggest health threat to the United States on viruses transmitted by mosquitoes."
The CDC says there were 128 cases of West Nile disease among people in the United States.
"One in five people get sick. They will develop a fever, sometimes a fever and a rash, and a headache. And then a subset of those people will go to the neuroinvasive disease we call it, where the virus in the central nervous system crosses." really to cause encephalitis, "Hotez said.
Protecting yourself from mosquito stickers is very important. The CDC recommends the use of one of the following components: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, lemon eucalyptus oil (OLE), para-methane-loose (PMD) or 2-Undecanone.
Christina McCarthy admits that she does not always spray bug.
"I have a spray bug at home, so maybe I should move that from my house to my car. This way I have it when we are going forward," she said.
Wearing long pants and sleeves can help you keep mosquitoes away. So the time outdoors can be limited during the night and night. Over 60s are at greater risk of underlying conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes to develop severe illness from West Nile.
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