While the risk of becoming infected with West Nile Virus
in Toronto is low, now is a good time to remind residents of the ways they can protect themselves from mosquito bites and help reduce the risk of infection," said Dr.
Six people in Long Island, New York, have been infected with West Nile virus
, with three in Nassau County and three in Suffolk County, health officials reported on Monday.
The therapeutics, known as monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) and their derivatives, were shown to neutralize and protect mice against a lethal dose challenge of West Nile virus
-- even as late as 4 days after the initial infection.
The 2005 West Nile virus
outbreak in Sacramento County had a total local economic impact of almost $3 million, the majority of which was linked to medical care, according to a study in the March issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
West Nile virus
is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus.
Since West Nile virus
(WNV) was detected in the Western Hemisphere in 1999 (1), the National Service of Animal Health (SENASA) has restricted the entry of WNV-susceptible species into the country, and the National Reference Center for Dengue and Arboviral Diagnosis of Argentina, Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Virales Humanas (INEVH "Dr.
As of Wednesday, state health officials have confirmed 60 human cases of West Nile virus
this year, said Dr.
A west Palmdale resident found the dead bird near 30th Street West and Avenue P and reported it over the state's telephone hotline for the West Nile virus
, which is spread by mosquitoes that bite infected birds.
West Nile virus
is most dangerous to elderly people and others who have compromised immune systems.
The Procleix West Nile Virus
Assay has been used on an investigational basis to screen more than 29 million units of blood since June 2003.
Persons who are at increased risk for symptom exacerbation from pesticide spraying such as that used for West Nile virus
control include individuals with migraines, chronic sinus problems, asthma, reactive airway disease, autoimmune diseases (many of which are exacerbated by pesticide exposure), and conventional allergies (Kipen et al.
And like most viruses, the West Nile virus
is a parasite (organism or nonliving particle that feeds off another organism); it can't unleash its damage until it finds a host (organism in or on which a virus or another organism lives or feeds).