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West Nile Aerial Spray

 


 

The Spraying will take place Thursday 8/30/12 from 9pm – 2am and Friday 8/31/12 from 9pm – 2am.  Football games will be avoided till after 11:30pm.

West Nile Virus is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on the blood from infected birds.

The infected mosquitoes can then transmit West Nile Virus to humans and animals. West Nile disease can vary in severity. People 50 years of age and older have the highest risk of severe disease.

Severe West Nile infections can cause neurological complications such as encephalitis. Milder symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WEST NILE

Is it contagious?
No. West Nile is not spread through contact from person to person or from animal to person.

How is it diagnosed?
Diagnosis of WNV requires a special blood test. Anyone who experiences symptoms of severe WNV illness should see a physician as soon as possible.

What is the treatment?
There is no specific treatment for WNV infection. Patients receive supportive medical care and rehabilitation if needed.

What if I’m not experiencing any symptoms?
Most infected people will show no symptoms. Symptoms typically develop between 3 to 14 days after a mosquito bite.

 

As always, the first line of defense to prevent infection of the WNV is to avoid getting bitten in the first place.  We urge citizens to be proactive by employing the 4-Ds of personal prevention:

DEET – use insect repellents that contain DEET, or any other EPA approved insect repellent

DRESS – Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside during dusk and dawn hours.

DRAIN – Remove all areas of standing water.  Change water in wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths several times a week.

DUSK/DAWN – Protect yourself during dusk and dawn hours

 

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