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I haven't heard anything on the West Nile disease lately and was wondering if any one else had? There for a while everyone was worried about being able to contract it from waterfowl and upland game birds but then it just kind of vanished from the spotlight. Anyone know any more about it?
 

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West Nile,just like Eastern Equine Encephilitis,is a warm weather concern mostly.As soon as the mosquitos start buzzing about you'll be hearing news reports of testing and prevention methods.
Mosquitos carry it and infect birds and people.
 

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this is from the Oregonian. our state's rag of a newspaper.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

PATRICK O'NEILL

The mosquito-borne West Nile virus could swat Oregon hard this summer, warn health officials, who say the state could see hundreds of human cases if the spread of the virus follows the pattern in other states.

Emilio DeBess, a public health veterinarian and epidemiologist with the Oregon Department of Human Services, will convene a summit March 8 in Portland for public health and hospital officials from across the state to plan how to cope with a major outbreak.

The disease, which has been detected in eight counties, sneaked into Southern and Eastern Oregon last year, sickening five people as well as 23 birds and 32 horses.

In other states, human cases of West Nile have peaked during the second or third year after the virus gained a foothold.

Colorado, one of the hardest-hit states, reported 14 human cases in 2002. That ballooned to 2,947 in 2003 and then dwindled to 276 last year.

"We're going to get phone calls about dead birds, sick horses and humans," DeBess predicts.

The virus, which peaks during the summer when mosquitoes are most active, entered the United States in New York in 1999 and has marched relentlessly westward. In 2004, it sickened 2,470 people and killed 88, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DeBess, who is the state's point man for the disease, said health officials need to be ready for anything -- even the remote possibility of a state of emergency if hospitals become overwhelmed with cases.

He envisions that the state will establish a hot line to handle calls, similar to one during the flu season to link seekers of flu shots with scarce vaccine. No hot line has been set up yet.

DeBess and other epidemiologists theorize that the disease can enter an area in three stages. In the beginning stage, infected birds fly into a state and are bitten by mosquitoes, which in turn become infected with the virus.

During the second stage, the virus spreads widely among mosquitoes. The mosquitoes bite a large number of people who become infected. DeBess said it is likely that Oregon is entering the second stage and will see substantial numbers of human infections this year.

In the third year and beyond, the number of human cases typically declines rapidly because those who were previously exposed to the virus acquire an immunity to it.....
it continues on and on...but that was the "meat and potatos" of it.
 
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