Saturday, October 6, 2007

West Nile Risks Found Among the Homeless

Risk of getting West Nile virus, which is transmitted to humans via mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds, rises as you spend more time outdoors. In a new study, it was found that incidence of West Nile infection in the homeless was higher than that in the general population - 1 in 14 compared to 1 in 22, respectively.

This suggests that perhaps bug repellent should be distributed to the homeless in order to prevent infection with the virus.

Another interesting (and by interesting, I mean very interesting) finding is that smoking marijuana was found to be a predictor of West Nile infection. So don't smoke.

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