Forbes June 19, 2024
Robert Hart

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Health officials across the continental U.S. are starting to warn about the annual return of West Nile virus, a potentially lethal human disease without treatments or vaccines that is rearing its head earlier than usual as the changing climate makes the environment more hospitable for the mosquitoes that spread it.

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What Happens If You’re Infected And How Do You Prevent West Nile?

West Nile is typically diagnosed by a number of tests a clinician may order if disease is suspected based on symptoms and likely exposure to the kinds of mosquitoes that carry the virus. Such tests could include blood tests that check for West Nile virus antibodies or a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to test cerebrospinal...

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