West Nile Virus


Most of the time, mosquitoes are nothing more than an annoying part of summer. But this year, weather conditions (a mild winter and early spring and then a hot, dry summer) have contributed to rise in mosquito populations around the country and the side effect has been a rise in cases of the West Nile virus.

Since 1999, more than 30,000 people have gotten sick from it. But this year, the CDC is tracking almost 700 cases in at least 43 states — and it’s just the beginning of the season. Dallas, Texas has been hit particularly hard, which led the Mayor there, Mike Rawlings, to declare a state of emergency and authorize dropping insecticide from the air to combat the mosquitoes that spread the disease.

Take the quiz below to learn more about West Nile and find out how to protect yourself.

The Facts on West Nile Virus

Learn how to protect yourself from this disease.


Dallas is dealing with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease.

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