Mosquito Chickens Prevent Diseases in SWFL, West Nile Virus

Leslie Hanson
September 8, 2018

"The season for West Nile virus will not be over until the weather is much cooler and mosquito larvae are not capable of development", said Terry Eimen, director of environmental health. About one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms and about one in 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

Health Unit officials say the best way to prevent West Nile virus is to avoid being bitten. Those symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures or paralysis. Anyone who experiences any of these severe symptoms should seek medical help immediately. There are no reported West Nile Virus cases in humans in 2018.

"Even as we move into the fall months with fluctuating temperatures, it is crucial to protect yourself against mosquito bites and possible West Nile virus infection", Pozzi said.

New Yorkers urged to use repellent and in the evening and early morning (when insects are most active), wear clothes with long sleeves. Check for ingredients like DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. More information about insect repellents can be found here.

- Make sure your doors and windows have screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. "It is extremely important for people to take steps to avoid mosquito bites including using repellents, wearing clothing to reduce exposed skin, dumping standing water, and moving indoors when mosquitoes are present". Use your air conditioning, if you have it.

- Always cover doors and windows with screens and fix screens that are damaged. Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis. "We continue to conduct arboviral surveillance through October, as the threat of mosquito-borne illness remains".

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