(PRWEB) July 15, 2013 - Outdoor summer activities, sports and work mean increased exposure to mosquitos and the diseases they carry, including West Nile Virus. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that through July 9th, 2013, 25 states have reported cases of West Nile Virus including 14 cases in humans causing 2 deaths. Discovered in New York City in 1999, West Nile Virus has caused two large, nationwide epidemics in 2003 and 2012. The majority of cases are reported from June through September with the largest risk of infection and largest number of cases between mid-July and the end of August. West Nile Virus outbreaks can occur quickly and incubation can be anywhere from 2-14 days, delaying reporting and, therefore, efforts to reduce mosquito populations and transmission of the virus.
“As people become aware of cases of the West Nile Virus in their local community, they become concerned, especially if they are caring for older parents or have young children that play outside quite often,” stated Terri McCulloch, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for ANY LAB TEST NOW. “If a family member is showing symptoms associated with the disease, we can quickly and easily perform a lab test, giving them peace of mind in knowing whether or not they contracted the virus. If so, they can take the test results to their physician for further diagnosis and treatment.”
Higher temperatures and greater moisture in the summer provide the perfect environment for mosquitos to thrive and reproduce. The best way to prevent West Nile Virus is to use insect repellent when outdoors, wear long sleeves and pants from dusk to dawn, reduce the environment favorable to mosquitos by emptying standing water from buckets and containers outside the home, installing window screens and using air conditioning. The majority of those infected do not have any symptoms, but 1 in 5 people will experience a fever with headaches, body aches, joint pain, diarrhea or rash. West Nile Virus can also lead to neurologic illnesses including encephalitis or meningitis and those infected may experience seizures, coma or paralysis.
A simple blood test can identify antibodies to the virus letting you know if you’ve been infected. If you suspect you are experiencing West Nile Virus symptoms contact one of the 150 ANY LAB TEST NOW® locations for a quick, convenient test that provides results in only 3 to 7 business days. No appointment is necessary. Visit http://www.anylabtestnow.com for a location near you.
Founded in 1992, ANY LAB TEST NOW is a franchise direct access lab testing company that provides thousands of standard lab tests to consumers and businesses in a professional, convenient and cost-effective, transparent manner. With over 150 facilities around the U.S., ANY LAB TEST NOW offers a variety of affordable and confidential lab tests to consumers and businesses including general health and wellness panels, pregnancy, HIV/STD, drug, paternity and many more tests. To learn more about ANY LAB TEST NOW, visit http://www.anylabtestnow.com or like us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/anylabtestnowcorp.
Terri L McCulloch
ANY LAB TEST NOW®