Three states; Arizona, California and Wisconsin have all already reported their first cases of West Nile virus this year. California officials discovered the virus in a dead cow while Wisconsin representatives found a lifeless crow that had the virus. Arizona discovered the virus in a nest of infected mosquitoes. It is disturbing to see West Nile out this early in the season. In years past the virus has not been found in animals until sometime in June.
Symptoms of West Nile comprise of fever, headaches, rashes, muscle aches and swollen lymph glands. The viral infection spreads from diseased mosquitoes to birds, animals and humans. Infected mosquitoes had been discovered numerous years before 2013. However, some of the worst cases of West Nile virus were documented in July of 2013.
The Nile virus has been known around the country since 2003. Frequent efforts have been made ever since by most states to attempt to raise awareness about the virus. Since Memorial Day weekend is considered to be to the unofficial beginning of summer, experts have started also making it the start of sending out West Nile warning alerts and information about the illness.
Most usually, humans become infected from the West Nile virus usually between June and October. As was stated above, the virus is transferred from the disease ridden mosquitoes’ bites to birds, animals and humans.
It is always best to try and keeps the mosquito populace in check in order to attempt to prevent any type of spread of West Nile virus to human beings. Officials are going out and working on carrying out region wide observations and later returning and putting out all kinds of different traps in order to gather as many adult mosquitoes as possible and then try to eliminate any sources that could be where they are reproducing, such as in standing, stagnant water. The workers are attempting to eliminate them or treat them somehow so they stop breeding.
West Nile experts throughout the United States use a kind of larvicide to kill off the mosquitoes before they have a chance to mature into adults. There are also various measures the regular layperson can do. Always be sure there is nothing that is holding or collecting water. Many individuals seem to forget about down spouts and piping. These both have ripples and accumulate water, therefore making the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes all through the entire summer.
In addition to getting rid of any standing water, it is also suggested that a person be sure to wear bug spray. It might also be a good idea to take an electric fan outside because mosquitoes hate it when the wind kicks up. There are the four D’s to remember when dealing with mosquitoes and they are to wear insect spray which contains DEET, wear long shirts, pants and loose clothing, drain all stagnant water and be sure to stay inside between dusk and dawn.
Repeating: Arizona, California and Wisconsin have all three reported their first casees of West Nile virus this year. California officials discovered the virus in a dead cow while Wisconsin representatives found a lifeless crow that had the virus. Arizona discovered the virus in a nest of infected mosquitoes. It is disturbing to see West Nile out this early in the season. In years past the West Nile virus has not been found in animals until sometime in June.
By Kimberly Ruble