The West Nile Virus And Its Effects At County Level

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The West Nile virus has been extending and affecting more counties than before.

In Elmore County, Jim Torbert has been working with the pest abatement department with the best interests of the citizens in his mind. His efforts address the battle against the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus, which reached Idaho in 2004.

In 2006, there were 996 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus reported to the Health Department. The state countered the mosquito-borne virus by creating mosquito abatement districts across Idaho to deal with what was considered a public health concern. Then, the Pest Abatement District was born, and Jim Torbert was hired as the lead head against the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.

Torbert, who states that he had hard times with regards to the task, but for him: “It’s all about the health and welfare of the people of Elmore County”

Although he has had incidents with other citizens regarding his activity, the State statutes offer him the authority and clearance to go over federal, state, county, city, or private properties in order to capture and test the insects for the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.

Torbert is an experienced pest fighter. He has also gotten the virus. It is known, in fact, that the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus can be transmitted from the mosquitos to horses and humans. He has suffered from the symptoms of the virus which include fever, headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and rashes.

The danger of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus is that it can appear between 5 to 15 days after infection, and fatigue and weakness can last for as much as a few weeks or a few months. Which is a major reason for concern from health departments, especially with an outbreak of the illness.

In the most severe cases, people infected with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus can develop encephalitis or meningitis. In turn, this can result in the death of the infected people.

This is why Torbert’s task is all so more important, as to protect an epidemic outbreak now with the widened spreading are of the virus.

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