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  • West Nile Virus: The Silent Killer

    West Nile Virus is a virus that affects the brain and body. Many victims are infected with the West Nile Virus don’t know that they have it because there is no symptoms. Because there are no symptoms, it usually evolves to West Nile Fever or severe West Nile Disease. The people who develop West Nile Fever have symptoms of fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and occasionally a skin rash and swollen lymph glands (West nile virus, 2011). When people develop severe West Nile Disease the symptoms are much worse. The symptoms for West Nile Disease include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis (West nile virus, 2011). West Nile Virus is most commonly found in places like Europe, Africa, West Asia, Middle East and North America. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, 2014, “As of 2014, there have been 36,437 cases of WNV reported to the Center of Disease Control. Of these, 15,774 have resulted in meningitis/encephalitis and 1,538 were fatal. The CDC estimates that there have been at least 1.5 million infections (82% are asymptomatic) and over 350,000 cases of West Nile Fever. The disease is grossly under reported due to its similarity to other viral infections. There is currently no vaccine to prevent West Nile Virus. People with severe West Nile Disease have to be…

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  • West Nile Virus Case Study

    The environmental factors which may have influenced the emergence of West Nile Virus include hydrogeography, urbanization, precipitation, temperature, and vector species feeding habits. These factors seem to have increased the abundance of mosquitoes as well as infection rates in humans. The increase in temperatures increases the abundance of vector mosquito species since they can reproduce and survive for longer periods, which, in turn, increases the rate of transmission of the disease. During…

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  • Causes And Consequences Of Zika Virus

    ZIKA VIRUS Zika virus is center of an ongoing pandemic and public health emergency with serious medical and economic consequences. (Plourde and Bloch, 2016). Zika virus belongs to the family of flavivirus which includes other mosquitoborn viruses like chikungunya virus, dengue virus, yellow fever virus and West Nile virus (Plourde and Bloch, 2016). Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus), other Aedes…

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  • The Most Serial Killers In The World

    deaths each year and in 2015 alone, malaria was responsible for 438,000 deaths. The statistics are scary when one compares the number of deaths from mosquito-borne diseases to that of the deadly Ebola virus, which has recently killed over 1,000 in central and west Africa. The puny size of the mosquito gives the illusion that it poses no threat, but its ability to strike anyone, anywhere, at anytime makes it deadlier than several diseases including the flu which is also one of the major human…

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  • Zika Virus Change

    The Virus Change Are we to blame for the world of the unseen changing at an alarming rate? Throughout the last few decades, the world of viruses have changed. Some harmful viruses are spreading more faster and easier than they ever had before, and there have been some resurrections of some old viruses. The recent changes in the world of viruses are not a natural occurrence but brought on by humanity. One of the main reason for the changes in the virus worlds as we know it is the latest changes…

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  • The Zika Virus

    had heard of the Zika Virus. Those who had heard of it were not concerned about the impact the virus had on their daily lives. It was easily mistaken by the common flu, passing through the body’s system within a week. As scientists studied Zika, they discovered the severity of the long-term effects of the virus. By August, the Zika Virus was on every radio station, internet sites, and TV news broadcasts. Overnight, the World Health Organization declared the Zika Virus as an epidemic that…

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  • The Spread Of The Zika Virus

    There are many different forms of diseases, illnesses, or viruses being spread around today with many different forms. One such virus has been spreading like wildfire and that virus is known as Zika. This is another virus spread by mosquitos, just like dengue fever. Mosquitos usually breed near warmer climate areas, more clustered in the south or in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, the Zika virus seems to be spreading more than just in those areas. The virus might also be spreading towards the…

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  • Mosquitoes Research Paper

    in the afternoon. This time round I noticed that the number of mosquito bites was less compared to the previous day and I could only manage to record three bites. The third day I took a break from going to the woods so that I could focus on administering questionnaires to Collier residents living around the research facility. I was back to the woods on Thursday and Friday for the routine mosquito inspection process before finally wrapping up my observations on Friday the 4th of September 2015 by…

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  • Personal Narrative: My Trip To The City Of Memphis, Tennessee

    buildings and lurking around deserted towns. Let me tell you about something that is going on right here in your town of Memphis, Tennessee. It all started one day at work. First, Drew a coworker said: “Today is a the big day!” when he walked into the lab “We have to go out to Voodoo Village to finish up our surveillance on mosquitos.” This made me very nervous because when I remember in my home country of Haiti, Voodoo is a serious subject, nothing to play with. Though the thought of going…

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  • Essay On Encephalitis

    There are two main branches of Encephalitis. The first and more common is viral encephalitis, and the second is autoimmune encephalitis. Viral encephalitis can develop during an infection in a person’s body, shortly after the infection, or it can even silently lay dormant in the body and all of a sudden awaken and cause complete havoc on one’s brain tissue. A vast majority of viral infections such as, the common flu, measles, mumps, herpes simples, rabies, chicken pox, and west Nile can be a…

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