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Protect yourself from West Nile Virus by preventing mosquito bites

Richard Duhrkopf
Associate Professor of Biology
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Precautions for West Nile virus

Dr. James English
Academic Director, Institute for Sustainable Practice, Lipscomb University
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What is the West Nile Virus?

Amesh A. Adalja MD FACP
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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West Nile

The West Nile virus is a bloodborne disease that can affect anyone, no matter their age, race, or sex. Mosquitoes are everywhere, so knowing how to prevent and prepare for possible bites is of the utmost importance to protecting you and your family. Look to our team of doctors and infectious disease specialists to give you the advice you need to ensure you and your family are safe.

Protect yourself from West Nile Virus by preventing mosquito bites

In any location there are hundreds of different types of mosquitoes with different characteristics. Some are more likely than others to transmit diseases like the West Nile Virus. There are some simple steps that can be taken to help reduce disease transmission.

Richard DuhrkopfAssociate Professor of Biology

Dr. Richard Duhrkopf, associate professor of biology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, is an extensive researcher with more than 30 years’ experience studying mosquitoes. Dr. Duhrkopf currently serves as regional director for the national ...

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Advice for those living in high-risk areas for the West Nile virus

Over 1,500 cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been reported to date this year, the highest number year on record since the virus was first identified in 1999. A majority of cases involve just six states (Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan) with Texas being the hardest hit with 45% of all reported cases. Nationwide, there have been 66 deaths so far.

Michelle Brown, PhDResearch scientist

Dr. Brown is currently developing safe, non-insecticidal mosquito repellents by targeting the mosquitoes’ primary host-seeking mechanism, carbon dioxide detection, at Olfactor Laboratories in Riverside, CA. ...

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Precautions for West Nile virus

Dr. James English Academic Director, Institute for Sustainable Practice, Lipscomb University Assistant Professor of Sustainability

A family of very small insects is causing quite a commotion. The West Nile virus has made a resurgence in many parts of the U.S. and is therefore the focus of much media attention. At the center of this frenzy is a variety of mosquitoes that carry and transmit the virus to humans. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of being infected by the virus is to be proactive in protecting yourself and in being aware of virus symptoms.

Dr. James EnglishAcademic Director, Institute for Sustainable Practice, Lipscomb University

A veteran of the United States Navy, English served as a disease ecologist and held posts directing various national and international programs including developing and heading the Navy’s West Nile Virus Program, directing a medical informatics ...

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What is the West Nile Virus?

Since the sudden appearance of the West Nile Virus in the U.S. in 1999, it has never been so important to protect you and your family from harmful mosquito bites. However, in the vast majority of cases this mosquito-spread virus either produces no symptoms or mild symptoms.
Amesh A. Adalja MD FACPAssistant Clinical Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Adalja is an Associate at the Center for Biosecurity, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Adjunct Instructor in the Depar...

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