Protecting against West Nile Virus

Share

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

According to the California Department of Public Health, one other human case - in Kern County - has been reported so far this year, for a total of four statewide.

A batch of mosquitos from a trap near Elburn tested positive for West Nile virus, the first of the year, the Kane County Health Department announced in a news release June 14.

Although more than 10,000 L.A. County residents are infected with the West Nile virus each year, most do not experience any illness or perhaps only mild illness. Those counties were not specified. Deborah Vierra, assistant director of environmental services for the city of Denton, said they will use larvicide, which kills baby mosquitoes in stagnant water. "Taking just a few minutes to remove any standing water from your yard, apply recommended mosquito repellents and ensure your window and door screens are free of holes can help protect you and your community from this unsafe disease".

There are no vaccines or drugs to treat West Nile virus.

"The announcement of the first human case of West Nile virus in San Gabriel Valley should serve as a reminder to residents to take steps to prevent mosquito bites and eliminate mosquito breeding on their property". Dead birds may be reported by calling (877) 968-2473 or online: http://www.westnile.ca.gov/report_wnv.php. Most people who are infected don't feel any symptoms.

The Bell County Public Health District added that mosquitos are most active around dawn and dusk.

A mosquito bite could lead to many different types of diseases, whether rare or common. Since mosquitoes spread West Nile, the best precautions include wearing insect repellent along with long sleeves and trousers. "The mosquito that can transmit Zika really doesn't breed in those larger swampy conditions".

Ensure your window and door screens are tight and do not have holes, cuts or other openings. Empty and scrub the water sources.

Use EPA-registered insect repellents with one of the following ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol and 20undecanone. Properly maintain wading pools and stock ornamental ponds with fish.

Share