West Nile Virus

What is it and how can it be prevented?  West Nile virus (WNv) is a disease new to the Western Hemisphere. It appeared in New York City in 1999. Transmitted primarily by bird biting mosquitoes, WNv can also infect humans and other animals. Most (80%) human infections of WNv go unnoticed or elicit ordinary flu-like symptoms. Some cases lead to encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) and can be fatal. The elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems may be particularly vulnerable to serious illness resulting from the virus. Prevention is relatively simple.  One need only prevent becoming a mosquitoes' food source.  Use of the rational approach as stated below that is part of every press release from the Connecticut EPA notice regarding WNv Following are articles, information and web connections to credible sources regarding this disease.

Precautions to avoid mosquito bites include:

Measures to reduce mosquitoes around the home include:

Overkill: Why Pesticide Spraying for West Nile Virus May Cause More Harm Than Good A Report by:  Toxics Action Center and Maine Environmental Policy Institute
rincipal Authors:  William C. Sugg, III, Director, Maine Environmental Policy Institute
Kim DeFeo, Connecticut Field Director, Toxics Action Center
Trapped Story by JOEL LANG, from Northeast.   Published September 3, 2000.  How the lobster industry was devastated due to the spraying for mosquitoes in Long Island Sound...unintended consequences from the use of pesticides.
Top 10 Lies About West Nile Virus and Anvil
Write by Robert Lederman: President of A.R.T.I.S.T. (718) 743-3722.  Presents a unique perspective for the push to spray toxic chemicals across the east coast in the late 1990's.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration Web advice

For OSHA information, visit this web site.
Mosquito Killing System Mosquito Killing System is a trademark of Arctic.  This press release informs regarding the use of CO2 as an attractant 

Cinnamon Oil Better Than DEET Press release points out that Cinnamon oil is better at repelling mosquitoes than is the popular insect repellant DEET.
The Truth about West Nile Virus Information of broad interest.
 2000 letter from NC Citizen Susan Wells Vaughan <sioux@interpath.com> sent this letter of concern on Tuesday, October 24, 2000 to  <sprayno@egroups.com>  
AIMM Click on articles in the left directory to find the most up-to-date information from around the world and the nation on Mosquitoes/Insect-Borne Diseases

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