West Nile Check

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2016 has been a slow year for West Nile Virus, which is a good thing. All 48 contiguous states have reported West Nile activity in humans or animals except for Virginia. There have been 406 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus infection. 78 of those were detected in blood donors. Blood transfusion remains a potential transmission mechanism for West Nile, and all blood donations are screened for West Nile and a battery of other viruses.

Total human mortality through the end of August 2016 is 9 nationwide, all cases west of the Mississippi River. In 2015, there were 2175 cases of West Nile and 146 deaths. The reduction is good news. Why are the number of cases lower? Driving the reduction may be weather related factors or increased use of mosquito repellents due to the Zika Virus threat.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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