Protect against West Nile Virus

Oceane Deschanel
Junho 20, 2017

The New York City health department says it's detected the first mosquitoes with West Nile virus of the season.

"The Health Department has successfully helped control mosquito-borne diseases for 18 years, when the West Nile virus was first detected", the agency stated.

A year ago in Wisconsin, 13 cases of West Nile virus infection in humans were found.

In some individuals - especially the elderly, and immune compromised individuals - West Nile Virus can cause serious illness and even death.
Homeowners should maintain vigilance protecting their families by using mosquito repellants as directed and eliminate mosquito breeding and harboring sites on their own property.

People should take simple precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes, inclusing wearing insect repellent and covering arms and legs.

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Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin.

It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds).

Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.

DHS has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes, and people. Of the 153 West Nile cases, 48 presented with meningitis, 53 with encephalitis, and 5 with paralysis. While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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