Experts are expressing their concern over the mosquito West Nile Virus, which has already been registered on the West Coast of the United States. According to health experts, the historically wet winter, followed by a hotter summer might be the cause for ringing the alarm signals. Experts suggest that this is quite worrisome, as the number of mosquitoes that have hatched is larger than at any other time. For this reason, residents have been advised to protect themselves from their bites.
Technical adviser for the American Mosquito Control Association Daniel Markowski, talked about the number of mosquitoes increasing in many of the states and said the number is massive. “The number of mosquitoes that have hatched off after the spring snowmelt is pretty tremendous in many of the states, whether it be Colorado or Utah or California.” He stated.
In addition, it has been observed that a number of states are starting to detect the West Nile Virus in these mosquitos. This means the animals could find an ideal temperature for their multiplication. About the current weather conditions, Marowski clarified that if “you’re at the right temperature, the right mosquito population, and the right time of year for localized outbreaks to occur.”
This virus is the most common mosquito illness in the United States. As such, thousands of cases are reported each year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It usuallty does not cause symptoms in 80% of patients who contract it. However, 1 in 5 people may develop fever, muscle aches, headaches and skin rashes. About the condition, Dr.Vicki Kramer stated that “Some individuals that recover have ongoing neurologic symptoms for years, so it can be very serious.”