“Health officials in Georgia said they’ve found mosquitoes that test positive for West Nile virus this year. The DeKalb County Board of Health said mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus were found in Tucker. The West Nile virus is a disease spread through mosquito bites. It is most commonly discovered during summer and fall months when mosquito activity is more common”, reports WSB TV Channel 2 Atlanta.
What is West Nile Virus?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites. In North America, cases of West Nile virus (WNV) occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. WNV cases have been reported in all of the continental United States. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. You can reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites”.
“While 80 percent of people infected with the virus don’t develop symptoms, 1 in 5 develop common symptoms, including:
Infected people with the aforementioned symptoms usually recover, though fatigue can exceed weeks and months”, reports AJC The Atlanta Journal-Constitution News.
What to do?
“The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites,” according to the CDC.
Unfortunately, it is hard to avoid mosquitos especially with summer here and most people are outside enjoying a backyard barbecue, family reunion, birthday party, and outdoor weddings.
Here are some recommendations on preventing mosquito population growth:
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