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West Nile Virus Surges With 27 Cases (California)
LA Times ^ | 7-22-2007 | Marla Cone

Posted on 07/22/2007 2:54:50 PM PDT by blam

West Nile virus surges with 27 cases

Only five had been reported by this time last year. Kern County is hit the hardest, with 22. Eighteen incidents were recorded just last week.

By Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
July 22, 2007

West Nile virus, spread by mosquitoes, has taken an early hold on parts of California this summer, sickening 27 people statewide compared with only five last year at this time.

Unusually high temperatures throughout the state in March triggered an earlier start to the West Nile virus season than in other years.

Human illnesses have been documented in six counties, led by Kern County with 22, and one each in San Joaquin, Merced, Stanislaus, Glenn and Mendocino counties, state health officials reported Friday. Eighteen of the cases were documented in the last week.

No human illness has been reported south of Kern County this year. But that seems only a matter of time because the virus already has infected animals throughout most of the state.

Dead birds or other animals in 36 of California's 58 counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the state website tracking the disease, westnile.ca.gov.

The California Department of Public Health warned earlier this month that the rising numbers "could indicate that the mosquito and vector control agencies may have another busy year battling West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes."

Dr. Mark Horton, director of the state's public health department, recently recommended that people take steps to avoid mosquito bites.

"Even though the likelihood of serious illness from West Nile virus is low for most people, all Californians should take every precaution to reduce their risk of exposure," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: california; ddt; nile; virus; west
90+% of people who 'catch' WNV never know they have it.
1 posted on 07/22/2007 2:54:52 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

And it totally could be stopped from killing birds and sickening humans by DDT. But NO!! Can’t have THAT!!


2 posted on 07/22/2007 2:58:04 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: blam

Kern Co. is west (and east) of the Nile.


3 posted on 07/22/2007 3:00:27 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: blam

Since I live in a Michigan swamp, I assumed that I contracted it and became immune to it several years ago.


4 posted on 07/22/2007 3:01:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: bboop

2007 West Nile Virus Activity in the United States
(Reported to CDC as of July 17, 2007)


5 posted on 07/22/2007 3:02:44 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: blam

A friend of mine just returned from a year in the hospital with West Nile, most of it spent in isolation and on a ventilator. She’s now re-learning how to move her arms and use her hands. It’s true most folks just get a mild case, if they notice it at all, but those who do get it full-bore have a long, tough time ahead of them.


6 posted on 07/22/2007 3:09:56 PM PDT by JennysCool ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -Mencken)
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To: JennysCool

West Nile Ping


7 posted on 07/22/2007 3:13:22 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: blam

But how severely has WNV affected the horses? And Lord knows, there are horses aplenty in the San Joaquin Valley, wouldn’t they be a considerable reservoir of the disease?

Not sure if the disease also affects cattle too. But horses can definitely be affected, sometimes at a subclinical level, which may trigger other disorders.


8 posted on 07/22/2007 3:26:57 PM PDT by alloysteel (Choose carefully the hill you would die upon. For if you win, the view is magnificent.)
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To: JennysCool
"A friend of mine just returned from a year in the hospital with West Nile, most of it spent in isolation and on a ventilator. She’s now re-learning how to move her arms and use her hands."

That's sad. I posted on that five years ago.

Doctors link polio to West Nile virus

9 posted on 07/22/2007 3:27:14 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: alloysteel
"But how severely has WNV affected the horses?"

West Nile Virus and Horses
CDC: Q & A

BTW, there are more horses in the US presently than at any time in our history.

10 posted on 07/22/2007 3:30:58 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

It started in New York and New Jersey in 1999 and has now made its way to California and up and down the continental U.S.; by this time, three years from now it will be yesterday’s news.


11 posted on 07/22/2007 3:38:31 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer
"It started in New York and New Jersey in 1999 and has now made its way to California and up and down the continental U.S.; by this time, three years from now it will be yesterday’s news."

Yup. Old news here already. (Mobile)

12 posted on 07/22/2007 3:42:31 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: cripplecreek

I was bitten by a mosquito inside my house last night. My yard is full of them and they ride into the house on the dogs. I hate mosquitoes!


13 posted on 07/22/2007 3:46:20 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: blam
BTW, there are more horses in the US presently than at any time in our history.

There are more people in the US presently than at any time in our history, hence more cases of everything.

14 posted on 07/22/2007 4:13:10 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Ditter
"I was bitten by a mosquito inside my house last night. My yard is full of them and they ride into the house on the dogs."

Ahem, that's because you got all our rain.

15 posted on 07/22/2007 4:21:19 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam
we wouldn’t want to spray for mosquitoes, nah.
16 posted on 07/22/2007 4:22:05 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: blam

Yes I know, I think I apologized for that the other day.


17 posted on 07/22/2007 4:25:22 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter
"Yes I know, I think I apologized for that the other day."

Well...okay then. Good luck with the mosquitos.

18 posted on 07/22/2007 4:39:54 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: alloysteel

“But how severely has WNV affected the horses?”

There is a WNV vaccine for horses now. Don’t know why there isn’t one for people.

BTW, there is now at least one human case in Idaho.

Did they ever figure out how this got into the States?


19 posted on 07/22/2007 5:51:20 PM PDT by dsc (There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. Edmund Burke)
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To: Ditter
I hate mosquitoes!

So do I. I have a house dog, but once in a while she goes outside. I am afraid of mosquitoes biting her because I hear they can cause heart worms in dogs.

20 posted on 07/22/2007 9:35:19 PM PDT by Peace Is Coming
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To: blam

My daughter had WNV a couple years ago, when she was six. I was the weirdest illness. They thought that she might have a brain tumor or something because she has some really strange eye movements. She would just zone out for a couple seconds, and then snap back. Her whole personality changed for a couple weeks.

She was fine by the time we got the official diagnosis. (it took about 6 weeks) They are still doing some studies on her.


21 posted on 07/22/2007 9:53:36 PM PDT by ga medic
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To: Dick Vomer

I know I smelled an old childhood-memory smell a couple of nights ago around my condo—the mosquito-spray smell. I live in Kern County...maybe someone got a brain?


22 posted on 07/22/2007 9:58:45 PM PDT by bannie (The Good Guys cannot win when they're the only ones to play by the rules.)
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To: Peace Is Coming

23 posted on 07/22/2007 10:00:23 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Peace Is Coming

Yes mosquitoes do cause heart worms but a monthly pill can easily prevent it.


24 posted on 07/23/2007 4:47:32 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: blam

Readers might be interested to know a safe and apparently effective treatment for WNV encephalitis was published three years ago.

My company developed (and owns a patent which is still pending) on the treatment, and has been using it in an ongoing free clinical trial for the past 5 summers, since 2003.

Our initial results on 8 patients seen in Sept, 2003 were published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in July, 2004 (1). Publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal is all that’s required for a treatment to officially exist, even if the public health authorities omit to mention it.

21 patients with WNV have responded so far, out of 25 (84%). We’ve also treated 4 horses (3 responded) and 12 birds (6 responded; birds present sicker than humans and horses). Our WNV trial is free from our end. The blood pressure meds we use are inexpensive (around $1/day) and are available by prescription from any drugstore in the country.

Anybody who wants to download our trial documents can do so at any time of day or night from our homepage at www.genomed.com.

Beginning treatment early—within the first 48 hrs of encephalitis symptoms—seems to be the only way to avoid long-term sequelae such as paralysis, chronic fatigue, cognitive problems, etc. WNV is notorious for still affecting half of WNV victims 18 months later.

If a family knows about our treatment ahead of time, they’ll be in a much better position to get it prescribed for their relative who comes down with the disease.

Reference
1. Moskowitz DW, Johnson FE. The central role of angiotensin I-converting enzyme in vertebrate pathophysiology. Curr Top Med Chem. 2004;4(13):1433-54. PMID: 15379656 (For PDF file, click on paper #6 at: http://www.genomed.com/index.cfm?action=investor&drill=publications)

Sincerely,

Dave Moskowitz MD
Chairman, CEO & Chief Medical Officer
GenoMed, Inc.
“Our business is public health(TM)”

website: www.genomed.com
Ticker symbol: GMED.PK (on the OTC Pink Sheets)

email: dwmoskowitz@genomed.com


25 posted on 07/23/2007 8:05:00 PM PDT by dwmoskowitz
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To: dwmoskowitz
Hi Dave, welcome to Free Republic.

I just saw the video of yourself here. Good Luck.

26 posted on 07/23/2007 8:14:11 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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