Province reminds residents to protect against West Nile virus

Lynette PayneJul 02, 2018

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The mosquitoes were collected off North Spring Court, near Campbell and Jupiter roads, according to Garland health officials. The mosquitoes that carried the West Nile virus were trapped in midtown just east of the city's Fairgrounds.

West Nile virus was detected in the first Oakland County mosquito pools in 2018, health division officials said. "This mosquito activity is a warning that we will have a long season to prevent illness from the virus this year". Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers and use bug repellent with an active ingredient of DEET or picaridin. Mosquito larvicide is easy to use and can be purchased at most home improvement stores.

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Residents should also examine their property for standing water where mosquito can breed, according to the release.

Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

State health officials are urging IN residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites as the state begins to see West Nile virus activity IN mosquitoes. Parents should read labels carefully and follow instructions for repellent application.

Do not apply repellent near the eyes or mouth and use it sparingly around ears.

Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old auto tires, buckets, and other containers. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

About one in 150 people infected will develop a more serious illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis.

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