West Nile Virus

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    Cases of West Nile virus set record, deaths soar: CDC | Reuters

    My county issued a health warning about this yesterday because of all the standing water from Isaac. Budget cuts have lessened mosquito control programs. With all the rain on the Gulf Coast this is probably only going to get worse.
     
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    45 cases in Illinoisy.

    Think I'll get a case... for the weekend.
     
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    Shrug. I've almost certainly had it already, given the number of times I've been bitten, and given how common West Nile is in the area. About 80% of the humans infected show no symptoms at all.
     
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    Did it effect your mental capacity?
     
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    Not as much as the toxiplasmosis parasites.

    To clarify. Mice who get the toxiplasmosis parasite (found in cat poop) stop hiding from cats, and walk out into the room to get eaten. The parasite (a single-celled protozean) also infects the brains of humans. While it usually causes no symptoms and the effects of it are unknown, it is not unreasonable to think it would make humans more sympathetic towards cats.

    So, if I refer to "We", I may be speaking of myself and my brain parasites. We have combined into a higher organism, one which can more ably serve our feline masters. We now seek new hosts to serve the masters.
     
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    Could this be an linkage to why leftists seem to lack a general sense of self-preservation?

    Maybe we're being herded and divided by our parasitic masters.. My symbiotic pal is an 13inch tapeworm that I've named Freebie..
     
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    Michigan has had quite a few cases, i think 1 death. Nothing in our county...yet, but it is in 2 counties around us.
     
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    West Nile Deaths Up 32% Last Week...
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    West Nile cases in U.S. up 25 percent in latest week: CDC
    Wed Sep 5, 2012 - The number of U.S. cases of West Nile virus rose 25 percent in the latest week, putting the 2012 outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease on track to be the most severe on record in the United States, health officials said on Wednesday.
     
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    they just sprayed pretty close to where i am. i'm not sure making DDT illegal was a good idea.
     
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    Jillian, it really doesn't matter. Most of our mosquitoes now use DDT for sauce. Insects have a very rapid evolutionary defense against such things. So when we spray, the ones that have a little better defense against whatever we use, survive and breed. And the cycle repeats itself again. Until they are essentialy immune to that particular poison.

    Using biocides is always a cost-benefit balance. In the case of West Nile, there is a great cost to leaving the mosquitoes that carry the virus alive. Given the strides being made in genetics, perhaps we can soon tailor a 'poison' specifically for the mosquito that carries that virus. Much better than a general biocide. Because we, too, are part of the biosphere.
     

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