4th person diagnosed with west nile virus in massachusetts

the massachusetts department of public health recently announced the fourth human case of west nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. the case is a woman in her 50s from middlesex county.

i’ve been writing about west nile virus for weeks (see my posts 8/22/16, 8/13/18, 7/22/187/11/18, 7/8/18).

protect yourself from mosquito bites. this virus can be deadly. these four cases could be the tip of the iceberg.

and there are going to be more emerging viruses.

we need more resources from the cdc, nih, etc, to do epidemiologic studies of flavivirus virus transmission, rapid diagnostics, treatment for neuroinvasive disease, etc. the issue is not just west nile, but other flaviviruses like dengue, zika, yellow fever, and japanese encephalitis.  and there’s other ones you’ve never heard of, that i’ve never seen, such as alkhurma hemorrhagic fever virus and kyasanur forest disease virus, which are emerging or reemerging in the middle east, india, and africa/asia, respectively

those resources for west nile here in boston will only be forthcoming if the public speak out, and the media cover this story appropriately (no sensationalization).

one study i’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had the time/resources is to look at various bird species and which ones are transmitting the virus to mosquitoes. if anyone is interested in collaborating with me on such a study, that would be very much appreciated.

what do you think of west nile virus?

please leave a reply below.

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