With the warm weather come mosquitoes possibly carrying West Nile virus.
The West Nile viral encephalitis has spread to 27 states and the District of Columbia since it was first discovered in New York City in 1999. The virus poses a threat to public and animal health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 149 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus illness, including 18 deaths, between the start of the outbreak and the close of 2001.
Last year alone, more than 700 horses tested positive for the virus, according to the Department of Agriculture.
The AVMA now offers a convenient brochure with facts about the virus and the disease to help clients and the public better understand the virus and how to avoid infection.
A copy of the brochure and the order form are available at www.avma.org or by contacting Angela Whitsett of the AVMA at (847) 925-8070, Ext. 6667.
A pack of 100 brochures costs $30. Single copies are available free of charge by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.