Despite rumors, Burning Man likely safe from alleged West Nile Virus outbreak
Some say the Internet is a virus, and currently, the Burning Man community is fearing for the worst news currently being spread like wildfire across forums and blogs.
A recent report from MIC warned this year’s most recent Burning Man attendees to watch out for symptoms of fevers, headaches, vomiting, or rashes due to several mosquito traps set in a nearby town testing positive for West Nile Virus. Likely propelled by a separate, but especially alarming West Nile case confirmed in Nevada earlier this summer, the article is laced with an undertone of serious foreboding despite the fact that no cases of West Nile have been reported from the Nevada festival.
Thankfully, it seems as though the zero count will remain that way. Huffington Post took matters into their own hands by speaking directly with the press contact for the Washoe County (where the tests were set) who confirmed, without a doubt, that there is no chance Burners have been affected. Additionally, the aforementioned “nearby town” of Gerlach, Nevada is 14 miles away from the Burning Man grounds.
Rest easy, Burning Man returnees.
Via: The Huffington Post
Photo courtesy of Jim Urquhart.