Eagle Escapes West Nile Virus
A very lucky bald eagle has been re-released back into the wild after a very close call with West Nile virus. It’s not the actual mosquito transmitted disease that could possibly kill these birds of prey, but the symptoms. Here’s an article with more information on the story.
The eagle had contracted the West Nile Virus through a mosquito bite. The window for treatment is only about four days, Edmunds said. After that point, the eagle would have been unlikely to recover.
Sadly, the scenario of eagles and other birds not being found in time to receive treatment for recovery is all too common. 5 years ago the eagle in the following video was lucky enough to be treated and re-released with the same symptoms.
This virus is serious! With all the talk surrounding Zika at the moment, it’s important not to forget other mosquito borne infections. Are you taking steps to prevent mosquitoes from transmitting the virus to you?
Since the start of the year, at least 10 deaths in the state have been associated with West Nile. People can reduce their risk of exposure to the mosquito-borne virus that causes it by eliminating standing water and other mosquito breeding areas and avoiding mosquito bites. The symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease – a severe form of the infection – include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.
Take the time to do as the article suggests, eliminate standing water and other mosquito breeding areas in your yard. Take every precaution to ensure not just your safety, but the safety of the local wildlife too.