It is quite common for Americans to get affected by West Nile virus, as in every summer; the virus spreading germs take birth in the US. However, this year, the authorities of Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have urged the families to take adequate steps so that the virus could be prevented.
This year, about 42 states of the US has affirmed of being affected with West Nile virus. The virus not only affects humans but also birds and animals. Since 2004, it is the highest rates of West Nile ever have been recorded.
The virus can be transmitted to people through infected mosquitoes. Therefore, families are being advised to avoid the bites of mosquitoes so that West Nile virus could be prevented. Besides, they are also being encouraged to drain out the standing water from the backyard as in the standing water mosquitoes grows quite rapidly.
Insect repellents can also be used to prevent mosquito bites. It is hoped that people will take the guidelines seriously and will act accordingly. It has been informed that patients with life threatening diseases like cancer can be adversely affected if caught by West Nile virus.