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West Nile Virus: Preventing Mosquito Bites

Muggy weather brings out more mosquitoes this week.

Mosquitoes are out in force as hot temperatures and muggy weather plague Northern Virginia this week. Pools of water from rainfall the past few days are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

One person in Maryland , in the state's first death from the virus reported this year. 

Virginia officials report four cases of West Nile Virus in the state, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, including one in Northern Virginia.

West Nile Virus cases are up 40 percent nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds and spread it to people they bite. Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches, and most people get better in a few days.

From Virginia Department of Health news materials:

By controlling the mosquito population and protecting against mosquito bites in the following ways:
1. Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing. 
2. If possible, stay indoors when mosquitoes are biting. 
3. Use insect repellant with the smallest percentage of DEET necessary for the length of time you are exposed to mosquitoes. Use according to the manufacturer’s directions and DEET should not be applied to infants under 2 months old.
4. Turn over or remove containers in your yard where water collects, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets and toys.  
5. Eliminate standing water on tarps or flat roofs.
6. Clean out birdbaths and wading pools once a week.  
7. Clean roof gutters and downspout screens.

Karen R September 04, 2012 at 09:56 AM
Skin So Soft from Avon also works well at keeping mosquitoes from biting. It comes in a variety from bath oil to skin lotion to a mist spray.
robb moffett September 04, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I made a simple mosquito fan trap for a dollar that hooks to a cheap box fan that will eliminate all indoor mosquitoes and if left outside, will over time remove them from the neighborhood. It only costs about a dollar in raw materials if you have a fan. I put the video on how you can easily make my fan trap on youtube. You can run a fan all month long for about 2 dollars worth of electricity. How to make a $1 Homemade Mosquito Bag Fan Trap kills bugs dead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXHEvHylsHg
1Ronald September 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Symptomatology for WNv should also include drowsiness and fatigue. My Occupational Medicine physician at work mentioned a case in which the wife noticed her husband, who loved and was watching NASCAR, slumped over in his chair asleep and she knew something was wrong. Totally dependent on the body's immune system for overcoming this emerging disease with unknown long-term effects.

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