West Nile Virus/Encephalitis Resource Site Opens

In preparation for a possible second summertime outbreak of the deadly West Nile Virus (encephalitis), a web site featuring important information about the mosquito borne virus has been launched. Developed by RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), http://www.pestfacts.org/media is designed to act as a clearinghouse of information for the media and general public about West Nile Virus, public health concerns, and mosquito control.

"After last year's encephalitis outbreak, it was apparent there was a need for accurate, easily accessible facts," says RISE Executive Director Allen James. "This web site fills that need and stands as a central resource from which both the media and general public can get answers to key questions, and learn about this dangerous virus."

Information on http://www.pestfacts.org/media includes:

  • Background/History of West Virus and Encephalitis.
  • How West Nile Virus is spread.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of encephalitis.
  • Answers to commonly asked questions.
  • Mosquito control and pesticide facts.

The site also features a source list of people to contact for West Nile Virus information, as well as breaking news about West Nile Virus and encephalitis public health concerns. All information on the web site was provided by expert sources in the medical, public health and pest control fields.

"The best course of action in such a potentially explosive issue like West Nile Virus is to arm the media and the public with solid, verified information," adds James. "That's what http://www.pestfacts.org/media is all about."

RISE was created in 1991 to provide information on issues that affect the specialty pesticide industry, and monitors legislative and regulatory issues in Washington, DC and in the states. For more information on RISE, visit the RISE web site: http://www.pestfacts.org. For more information on West Nile virus, visit http://www.pestfacts.org/media.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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