The Arlington County Public Health Division has obtained its first reported case of West Nile Virus in an Arlington resident for 2018. This case serves as a reminder that West Nile Virus is current in our group and the area.
“West Nile Virus is unfold by the chunk of an contaminated mosquito,” stated Dr. Reuben Varghese, Health Director and Division Chief for the Arlington County Public Health Division. “With the virus detected in mosquitoes within the area and with the latest rains contributing to extra mosquito breeding, it is vital for space residents to actively forestall mosquito breeding and biting or ‘Fight the Bite.’”
The finest method to “battle the chunk” is utilizing the 3-Ds:
Drain or dump standing water. The commonest mosquito breeding grounds in your property are water in flower pots, gutters, pet bowls, inflatable swimming pools and birdbaths. If you can’t do away with the standing water, put larvicide (reminiscent of Mosquito Dunks) within the water to kill growing mosquitoes. Be certain to learn the directions on the label.
Dress in lengthy sleeves and pants. This will assist shield your pores and skin from mosquito bites. And don’t overlook to put on socks!
Defend your self. Choose a mosquito repellent that has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Registered merchandise have been reviewed, authorized and pose minimal threat for human security when used in keeping with label instructions. Four repellent which are authorized and really helpful are: – DEET (N, N-diethy-m-toluamide)
– Picaridin (KBR 3023)
– Oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-methane 3, 8-diol, or PMD)
Additionally, keep away from being outdoors the place mosquitoes are particularly frequent – at daybreak and nightfall – that are peak biting instances.
According to Dr. Varghese, “Well-informed and lively residents are mandatory companions to fight illness carrying bugs in our group. Please be part of us in preventing the chunk to raised your self, your loved ones and our group from mosquitoes and the illnesses they might transmit.” For extra info, please go to our Mosquito Information Center.
Background on West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is a virus mostly unfold to folks by mosquito bites. In North America, instances of West Nile virus (WNV) happen throughout mosquito season, which begins in the summertime and continues by the autumn. WNV instances have been reported in all the continental United States. There are not any vaccines to stop or drugs to deal with WNV in folks. Fortunately, most individuals contaminated with WNV do not need signs. About one in 5 people who find themselves contaminated develop a fever and different signs. About one out of 150 contaminated folks develop a critical, generally deadly, sickness.