The mosquito-borne virus that returns every summer has sickened 108 people in 10 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Three people — two from Arizona and one from Iowa — have died.
This time last year, the CDC reported only five human cases, all in Southern states.
Arizona has had the worst outbreak so far this year, with 66 human cases, followed by California with 20, and Colorado with 12.
Thirty-four states in all have reported some form of the virus in mosquitoes, birds, horses or people.
says the severity has to do with local conditions, like standing water, that are difficult to track.
West Nile virus rarely kills. About 1 in 150 people who get it will develop potentially deadly encephalitis or meningitis. Last year, there were 9,862 West Nile cases and 264 deaths, the CDC said.
But the CDC estimates that 80 percent of those who become infected with the virus never know they have it. They never develop any symptoms.
About 20 percent will develop what's called West Nile Fever, flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, and muscle-aches. The only way to really know for sure that it's West Nile is by doing a blood test.
The best way to prevent West Nile virus, says Dr. Senay, is to avoid mosquito bites. It's a good idea to wear long sleeves during peak mosquito biting hours, which are from dusk to dawn, and to spray an insect repellent containing DEET directly onto your clothes and 의왕출장마사지
on any exposed skin. Keep in mind that mosquitoes
can bite through thin clothing, so insect repellent can make a big difference. Even if you're outside only a short time, it only takes a second for that mosquito to find you and bite.