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West Nile Virus: Entrenched in U.S.

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West Nile Virus: Entrenched in U.S.

June 15, 2010

An infectious disease spread to humans by mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds, West Nile virus historically was seen only in Africa, Europe and Asia before it was first detected in the United States in 1999. Though the majority of those infected show no symptoms, the disease can be deadly, particularly in the elderly. If West Nile virus enters the brain, it can cause encephalitis or meningitis. The major way to prevent infection is to avoid mosquitoes and to reduce mosquitoes in populated areas. Updated June 2010

Understanding West Nile Virus

CDC West Nile Virus Page

Comprehensive links to information about West Nile virus, including statistics, symptoms, treatment, and maps.

Medline: West Nile Virus

Medline offers consumer-oriented information about the virus and preventing its spread.

Statistics, Trends and Research

USGS Disease Maps: West Nile Virus

Maps of West Nile activity with state-by-state figures. This information can lag behind regional statistics, so check with your local and state health departments for the latest figures.

National Wildlife Health Center

Information on West Nile Virus from the U.S. Geological Survey, which runs the National Wildlife Health Center.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Information about areas of basic research carried out and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Current clinical trials involving West Nile virus.


American Mosquito Control Association

Information on how comprehensive treatment of mosquitoes can impede transmission of West Nile Virus, prepared by the trade association comprising public mosquito-control agencies, pesticide makers and entomologists.

No Spray

Website for advocates opposed to use of pesticides to control mosquito populations and prevent West Nile virus.

Information about West Nile virus and spraying to control mosquito populations from a pesticide industry group.

West Nile Virus Survivors Foundation

Supports education about West Nile Virus.

Guidance for Consumers

National Pesticide Information Center

A cooperative venture between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this center offers consumer information about pesticide use, including its effectiveness in preventing West Nile Virus.

Fight the Bite!

Official California government Web site on West Nile Virus, featuring county-by-county infection reports and many local resources.

Medline: West Nile Virus

Medline offers consumer-oriented information about the virus and preventing its spread.


West Nile Survivor Stories

Stories about people who have and have not survived West Nile Virus.


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