Fly Fishing & West Nile Virus
August 31, 2012
Most mosquitoes do not carry West Nile and most folks bit by West Nile mosquitoes do not get sick. The virus seems to adversely affect people over the age of 50 far more than younger people.
1. Use mosquito repellent in August and September, and until the first frost. Caution, with DEET, since adverse effects have been reported, particularly when used in combination with other repellents including Permethrin. Save it for times when mosquitos are particularly vicious and use both sparingly.
2. Dress in long pants, long sleeves and keep a bandana for head and neck in your vest, even when it’s hot.
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If you do get a few or a lot of bites, I recommend keeping a tube of Benadryl cream (histamine blocking itch relief) in your fishing vest. It makes the itching stop almost immediately and for those of you who are particularly susceptible to being bitten, taking a Benadryl capsule immediately after can also lessen the reaction. I always recommend trying the capsules before you need it to see if it makes you drowsy, particularly too drowsy to drive.
Although no clinical studies have specifically been done on EpiCor and West Nile virus, it makes biological sense to me that having ones immune system properly balanced or modulated would lessen a reaction to the virus, should we be bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile.
EpiCpor has been proven in a number of studies to activate Natural Killer (NK) cells to help ward of foreign invaders. If invaders get past this first line of defense, research also shows that EpiCor works further down the line where the adaptive immune system kicks in and activates B cells, which support antibody production specific to the invading pathogen.
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