Prevention of West Nile Virus

Prevention of West Nile Virus

In light of the elevated risk of West Nile virus, local and state health officials are asking people to follow these precautions. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus other than to treat symptoms. People who think they have West Nile virus infection are encouraged to contact their health-care provider.


In 2007, there were six human cases of WNV in Massachusetts. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. WNV is usually spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. So far this year, West Nile virus has been found in 11 birds and one horse in 10 Wisconsin counties. It's turning into a summer of mosquitoes and other worse bugs. Extensive mosquito trapping and monitoring will also continue in order to monitor the spread of the disease and evaluate further necessary actions. Try and help to keep them in check.

Although few mosquitoes actually carry the virus, tips to minimize exposure include:

DEET has been shown to be an extremely safe and effective repellent," said Lyle R. Petersen, M.D., director of the CDC's division of vector-borne infectious diseases. University of Florida scientists Jonathan Day and Roxanne Rutledge wrote: "Natural is a word that is sometimes used to promote 'safe' products. Unfortunately, the wording can be misleading for the uninformed individual. 'Natural' products are usually essential oils distilled from plants… These oils can be toxic and irritating in high concentrations. 'Natural' repellents are not necessarily safe repellents." DEET is one of the most widely tested consumer products of any type and has been used reliably by consumers for more than 50 years. According to a New England Journal of Medicine article (Fradin & Day, 2002), DEET "has a remarkable safety profile."

Keep it in mind:

References:

http://www.fdlreporter.com
http://www.westnile.ca.gov
http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv
http://www.cdc.gov/
http://www.southcoasttoday.com

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