Thursday, October 6, 2011

In New York, 9 cases of West Nile virus infections, including one virus-related fatality, were reported. Queens and Staten Island had the most number of mosquito pools, 88 and 51, respectively. The Department of Health is spraying down the mosquito pools in effort of reducing spread. The mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active during the months August through October and the virus is believed to affect older people and immuno-compromised people the most. Health officials believe that the mosquitoes were brought into the United States by international flights. They suggest people use insect repellents and protective clothing when going outside.

I think this article is very interesting because it is an example of what we learned in class of how the immuno-compromised population is especially susceptible to infection. The article didn't mention the timeline of mosquito pool spraying or the amount of funding and manpower the state dedicates to it, but I'm curious to know how seriously NY is taking the presence of West Nile Virus. Also, I would like to read more about how the mosquitoes were brought into the United States, where it came from, and if this strain of WN virus is similar or different from its parent strain.

-Michelle Jin

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