September/October 2002 ISSN-1059-6518 Volume 15, Number 5
Tales of the Tapeworm
By Dr. E.C. Oli
WEST NILE VIRUS
In the world of infectious disease West Nile Virus (WNV) is not a statistically important disease. Its impact is actually minimal in that it does not cause harm to millions or even thousands of people. It is one of about 534 zoonotic viruses of which 120 are know to cause illness in humans. But it is important, because it is a new acute illness that is potentially lethal, highly preventable, and we do not yet know its full potential to spread and cause harm.