West Nile Virus Returns

As the middle of summer approaches, 16 states are already buzzing with reports of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, with five people currently infected with the most extreme form of the illness.

Since West Nile first appeared in the U.S. seven years ago, it has affected 1.2 to 1.3 million people nationwide—this estimate according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many people are bitten by mosquitoes carrying the virus, but only 1 in 5 develops symptoms. The good news is that of the small percent that gets sick, a very small number will actually contract full-blown West Nile, which has proven to be deadly.

So how can you fight the bite of West Nile? Understanding and apply the information below can protect you from annoying mosquitoes.

— Use a repellent. There are several “natural” mosquito repellents that are safe to apply to your body. Be sure to cover exposed skin before venturing outdoors.

— When weather permits, wear long sleeves, pants and socks.

— Peak mosquito hours are dusk to dawn. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during these hours.

— Remove standing water on your property—that’s where mosquitoes lay their eggs.

–Take a proactive stand against sickness by building up your body’s health through chiropractic adjustments, a healthy diet and regular exercise. People who receive regular chiropractic care can be healthier and fair better when exposed to sickness, compared to people who don’t use chiropractic.

[Source: Center for Diseases Control, www.cdc.gov]

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