Hello West Nile Virus Survivors!
We are alive!
There is now a Forum on this site to assist you in connecting with others outside of facebook. We are trying a forum out and will go through some growth with time so please be patient. We value your input so if there is something you require from the forum let us know and we will work on it.
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A few guidelines:
Be compassionate with each other, as we all are going through the same illness challenges.
Be supportive in a neutral environment to all needs.
We will moderate and if content is not supportive we will pull it.
If you see something that is not supportive let us know to help the community.
The rest we will make up as we go.
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Update 2015: The forum was taken down as it was not being used because it was not a user friendly platform. If you have any suggestions please share them in the comment section.
I was talking with a friend the other day about their son having west nile virus last summer. He was sick for a month and then fine. As I told her my story and that it is a chronic illness she had more questions.
If I have no signs is it gone? We do not know. From my experience and stories of others symptoms can come and go with stress or other illnesses.
Can I become infected again? We do not know. I believe I was infected a 2nd time because I had the same reaction on my arm as the first time. I did not see any new symptoms. There are a few others that also report being infected a 2nd time with new symptoms.
I felt great for months or year and now fell horrible, is it back? There seems to be a wax and wan to wnv. Stress aggravates it. Keeping a journal will help with looking for signs of early relapses or triggers that you can avoid in the future.
Is it chronic? The CDC said in 2009 that West Nile Virus was a chronic disease.
Will I always be sick? In my experience having a strong body and immune system helps keep the virus at bay or rather the symptoms. As long as I eat the foods that nourish my cells and support my immune system my symptoms stay away.
These are only a few question that came up in conversation. If you have a question to add leave it in the comment below and we will get back to you.
Wish all well
Technology to Help Track WNV
The West Nile Virus (WNV) season is starting to heat up, although states like California have already seen human cases earlier in the year. The current surveillance systems used by counties are people going out to sites trapping mosquitoes and bringing them back to a lab to be processed for WNV sampling. With our vast amounts of technology, why are there not better surveillance systems for mosquitoes?
There is technology out there to track possible WNV mosquitos. Like many technologies it gets lost due to funding or lack of confidence in the people. There is a man in Texas that has a passion to help people be protected from WNV. There is a website he has created with current maps of mosquito activity by state and city. Frio Nature Conservancy (FNC) uses information from DNA testing, satellite imagery and Doppler Radar, capable of tracking the mosquito activity. Those areas can be further tested, sprayed or people made aware of mosquito activity in the area to avoid.
This system is known as GIS. GIS, also known as Geographical Information System, allows us to analyze, interpret, and understand data so we can visualize how it will help us in the future or present. This mapping system has been used for analyzing NY City flooding, St Kitts land use, and Ft Collins City map in real time. Why not use it for west nile virus mosquito surveillance?
It is People like John of FNC creating surveillance systems like this that create data to help an area respond sooner to WNV mosquito activity. The outcome would possibly be less human cases.
Go check out Frio Nature Conservancy at http://www.friocon.org/.
“THEY ARE SPRAYING IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.
The Survivors can make a difference – we just have to keep spreading the word.” ~ John R