The good news: A new study shows we are much less likely to get the most severe form of West Nile virus than previously thought. The not-so-good news: More of us have been infected with the West Nile virus than we probably realize. A study by a Sanford Health doctor shows that North Dakota has the third-highest rate of West Nile virus infection in the nation, with 7.5 percent of North Dakotans infected.
The relatively mild winter has some people wondering if mosquitoes, especially the West Nile virus-carrying Culex Tarsalis, will be out for blood this year. But entomologists and vector-control experts say skeeter counts are influenced by much more than mild weather, and it may be too early to tell what summer will bring.
A bat settles in a palm tree somewhere in southern China. It nibbles on a piece of fruit and later it drops part of it in a pigpen, where it is eaten by a piglet. The piglet is slaughtered. A chef who handles the meat shakes hands with Gwyneth Paltrow, who then goes back to the U.S., visits her lover, stumbles home, shakes, foams at the mouth and dies.
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