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To Ole Cuss -- West Nile and Equinine Virus-- Important to All !
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Doc    Posted 07-26-2001 at 20:30:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just got back in town and found out that a child in North West Florida just died from the West Nile Virus. Can you give us the latest update as to the W. Nile and the ?? Equinine virus, as a vet, to us that are interested ,as to what the latest news that you have as to this problem and what we need to do to protect our children and families from this problem. Thanks and Best Regards, Doc


Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 07-27-2001 at 06:48:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Doc, thanks for bringing this up. I am right smack in the middle of the area of concern. There have been several reports of West Nile being found in dead birds, mostly crows and blue jays, in my county and several surrounding counties. There have been two human cases, so far, the lad you mentioned, and a 78 y.o. man in a county east of me.
This is scary stuff! Mosquitoes are everywhere around here. I encounter a lot of them on my job, and you can't seem to put on enough Deet to keep them entirely away. I've tried to eliminate breeding areas on my own place, but, with the rain we've been having, the ponds and swamps produce more of the little devils than a fellow can slap.
We have grand-kids, as young as 6 months, and we really worry about them. How safe is Deet for the little ones? I think about cancer every time I spray the stuff on myself, and really hesitate to use much of it on the kids. What's a grandpa to do?


IHank    Posted 07-26-2001 at 21:17:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Doc & Ole Cuss- You two are now our resident medical advisors here, so give us your best info on stuff that might come by. Please! IHank


Ole Cuss    Posted 07-27-2001 at 03:30:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

These links will give good overviews. Mosquito control is the best means of protection for these encephalitis-causing viruses (Eastern, Western, & Venezualan Equine Encephalitis---EEE,WEE,VEE for short--plus West Nile Virus) by use of pesticides and removal of mosquito breeding grounds (stagnant,standing water; swampy areas). Actively avoid mosquito-heavy areas or use protective ointment liberally. Leave bats alone; they eat tons of mosquitoes. Vaccination of susceptible species reduces the resevoir of potential carriers and victims; vaccines against EEE, WEE, and VEE for use in horses only are what's available.
In addition to link below, see www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/04/26/westnile.virus/index.html


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