Don’t Bite Me !

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West Nile Virus Alert! It’s that time of year again! The combination of rain and sun during the Spring creates the ideal conditions for mosquitoes – standing water and tall grass, which bring about the threat of West Nile Virus.

WHO CAN GET WEST NILE VIRUS?
Everyone! Mosquitos are not discriminating. However, the effect of the virus is generally stronger in older adults. They tend to be more susceptible to neurological syndrome symptoms. Notwithstanding, the virus can be debilitating to anyone, resulting in significant time off work and undue suffering.

WHAT SYMPTOMS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH WEST NILE VIRUS?
Symptoms from West Nile Virus vary within non-neurological or the more severe neurological syndromes.

Non-neurological syndrome symptoms include headache, fever, chills, body aches, rash and/or swollen glands. Neurological syndrome symptoms include fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, vomiting, muscle weakness, tremors, paralysis and/or coma.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF & MY FAMILY FROM WEST NILE VIRUS?
1. Use insect repellants with DEET, applying sparingly on clothes and skin.
2. Wear light colored long-sleeved shirts and pants, and a hat.
3. Consider staying indoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active.
4. Make sure there is no standing water or tall grass in your yard where mosquitos can lay their eggs.
5. Clean out eavestroughs regularly to prevent clogs that trap water.
6. Ensure that all window and door screens have no holes or openings.
7. For more information, visit: West Nile Virus: Overview
8. Contact your city offices to get information about what is being done in your community to protect against West Nile Virus.

A SAFE & BITE-FREE SUMMER TO EVERYONE !

Alternate titles for this blog: “Even worse than a vampire bite!” ~ “A pound of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” ~ “Don’t let the bedbugs mosquitos bite.”

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for passing on this important information.

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  2. Halston was attacked buy a family of mosquitoes and his calf and ankle turned into a cankle. He is allergic to some mosquito bites(actually what ever it is that the mosquito feasted on before feasting on him according to a doctor) His leg swelled up so big. I am just glad he didn’t get bit by his eye. A few years ago he got a bite by his eye and we had to take him to the doctors because his eye swelled shut. It was heartbreaking. Thank you for the info we need all the help we can get.

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  3. Posted by J.Michelle Swope on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Well, unfortunately I put on my ddet containing defense, but those little buggers still ate me up! I will now be watching for symptoms:)

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  4. Thanks for the info, it’s nice to arm myself with some more knowledge on this stuff! My kids are outside a lot, of course, it’s summer and all, so I will need this to help keep them healthy for sure!

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