stop enjoying outdoor activities, just learn some simple yet effective
prevention measures to reduce your risk. Use insect repellent with DEET
every time you are outdoors... in the backwoods and in the back yard.
All residents of areas
where West Nile virus activity has been confirmed can be at risk, but
people over age 50 seem to be especially vulnerable to the most severe
symptoms and are also more likely to die from the disease. Most people
are bitten at home doing everyday activities like gardening, cooking and
sitting on the porch.
Even in areas where
the virus is circulating, very few mosquitoes are infected with the virus.
The chances you will become severely ill from any one mosquito bite are
extremely small... but why risk it?
West Nile virus can
cause paralysis, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and/or meningitis
(inflammation of the brain's lining). However, most infections are mild
and symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally include
skin rashes or swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms generally appear 3 to 14
days after exposure.
More severe symptoms may include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma,
tremors, muscle weakness or convulsions. Persons with these symptoms need
to seek medical attention immediately. In rare cases, it can be fatal.
lay eggs in still water, which hatch in 7 to 10 days. If standing water
is eliminated weekly, many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the
first place. Here are some things you can do:
standing water in ponds, ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, plant
saucers, puddles, buckets, garden
equipment and cans.
Check for items that might hold water including toys, pool covers,
tarps, plastic garden sheeting, boats, canoes and trash.
by staying indoors at dawn and dusk when the bugs are most active.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
repellent that contains DEET. Follow directions carefully.
here to learn more about DEET.
Senior's News Release
a personal protection tip sheet
a home and garden checklist
Print a brochure
and Answers (CDC)
Nile Information Pages (Colo.)
a DEET brochure for seniors
New Repellents Approved (CDC)
and Folk Remedies
more information call the toll-free
Colorado West Nile Virus HelpLine
1- 877- 462-2911
Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
CDC West Nile Virus InfoLines
Hearing-impaired TDD: 1-866-874-2646
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