West Nile Virus News

Last year in my neighborhood, someone died from it so however unlikely it is…you should at least take some precautions.  I am surprised out how early the virus is showing up though.

San Diego is already getting a taste of it this year.

More dead birds infected with West Nile virus have been found in San Diego County. It’s the earliest time of the year the disease has ever been detected here. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

In January, a red-tailed hawk was found in Escondido with West Nile virus. Since then, the disease has been detected in at least five other birds in various parts of the County.

Mississippi got their first west nile virus case. 

And Florida is dealing with Eastern equine encephalitis cases (EEE).

State agriculture officials say they’re seeing an outbreak of a mosquito-borne disease that can kill horses.

Last year, the state saw 18 cases of Eastern equine encephalitis. There have been nine cases already this year. The season typically starts in May.

I wonder how bad mosquitoes will end up being this summer?  I actually already started preparing my yard just in case it was as bad as last year.  I won this thing called the “skeeter defeater – mosquito killer“, it’s a mosquito repellent device in a contest a few months back and thought I’d hook it up early.   It automatically sprays in the morning and evening so I don’t have to do anything…which I like.  Haven’t seen any mosquitoes yet but it may be too early for them. 

I’d be interested to see if this becomes the big issue of the summer.


2 responses to “West Nile Virus News

  1. My biotech company has had encouraging results treating West Nile virus encephalitis since 2003: 81% treatment success rate in people (22 of 27), 75% in horses (6 of 8), and 50% in birds (6 of 12).

    Our approach works best when people first have symptoms of a fever and headache. But we’ve been able to help people even a few years after the initial episode of WNV encephalitis.

    Our first 8 WNV patients were published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in 2004 (1), making our treatment official—regardless of what the CDC does or, in this case, doesn’t say about it.

    The drugs we use are already approved by the FDA for blood pressure. They seem to be anti-inflammatory, too. People with a normal immune system who get sick from the West Nile virus appear to overdo their immune response to the virus. Our approach is meant to gently calm down their exaggerated immune response. It can be used in the very old, the very young, and everybody in between.

    Anybody who wants to download our WNV trial protocol can do so for free at any time by clicking on the “West Nile trial” link on our company’s homepage at http://www.genomed.com.


    1: Moskowitz DW, Johnson FE. The central role of angiotensin I-converting enzyme in vertebrate pathophysiology. Curr Top Med Chem. 2004;4(13):1433-54. PMID: 15379656 (For PDF file, click on paper #6 at: http://www.genomed.com/index.cfm?action=investor&drill=publications) — see Table 2 for WNV patients

    Dave Moskowitz MD FACP
    CEO, GenoMed, Inc.
    “Our business is public health™”
    Ticker symbol: GMED.PK

  2. Thanks for the link to Skeeter Defeater. Call me biased (I work for the company that makes it), but it’s a pretty dang cool product. I tested it last year in my yard, and it worked really well.

    I heard through the grapevine that we’re already ahead of the pace for West Nile cases this year compared to last year. Haven’t seen the actual data, so that might just be heresay, but it seems to grow every year.

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