BEWARE: The Nile Virus!

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BEWARE: The Nile Virus!

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Already hearing the word “virus” doesn’t sound the most pleasant thing in the world. So when health officials found it in sentinel chickens in Belle Glade in Florida you can imagine the worry among the people. 

For those that don’t know what the West Nile virus is, here’s a quick summary; The virus is a mosquito-borne disease, and usually comes around during mosquito season. The virus has a 1 in 150 chance of people to end up with serious, and maybe fatal illness due to it. Lucky we don’t feel sick to the virus, and at most you’ll get a fever. It can also cause fatigue and weakness for weeks or months sometimes!

What does this mean for us, students? We often go outside, especially since our classes are in separate buildings, which means a lot of us might get a fever or something. There is no treatment or vaccine for the issue yet. But we can prevent it by wearing sweaters or long sleeve shirts (which we already do mostly), wearing pants, that or put on bug spray. 

Information from: CDC, Palm Beach Post, and MedlinePlus.