posted on Sep, 23 2005 @ 10:10 PM
Anyone familiar with the West Nile Virus and it's spread through North America in recent years has new reason for concern.
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, also spread by mosquitos, has been working it's way north in the same pattern.
As you can see from the above linked map, it has already reached the Texas border.
I feel this is extremely relavant at the moment because with Katrina, and soon Rita, leaving masses of standing water, it creates an ideal breeding
ground for mosquitos in the area to flourish and facilitate transmission.
CDC:"In 2005, dengue is the most important mosquito-borne viral disease affecting humans"
CDC:"Infections produce a spectrum of clinical illness ranging from a nonspecific viral syndrome to severe and fatal hemorrhagic disease."
Admittedly; CDC:"The case-fatality rate of DHF in most countries is about 5%, but this can be reduced to less than 1% with proper treatment."
But, this is on par with SARS and worse than West Nile.
So in conclusion fellow ATSers, stay informed and don't forget your repellant!
[edit on 24/9/05 by redmage]