New Mexico state health officials announced in the Albuquerque Journal on September 4, 2012 that there were six new cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state, with a total of 14 cases for the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year the nation has recorded the highest number of WNV cases since 2004. As of September 4, 2012, the CDC website lists 1,993 cases nationwide.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has announced that this year’s mosquito season may pose a serious public health threat. Texas has been hit particularly hard by the disease, and health officials there said the number of cases are at “epidemic levels.”
Symptoms of West Nile Virus are fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Anyone with these symptoms should visit a health care provider.
The CDC says, “The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.” Their recommendations include:
- Use insect repellent containing an DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.
- Wear long sleeves and pants , particularly when mosquitos are most active at dusk and dawn.
- Maintain window screens to keep mosquitos out of your home.
- Eliminate mosquito breeding sites where standing water exists, including flower pots, buckets, barrels. Change the water weekly in pet dishes and bird baths. Drill holes in tire swings to allow the water to drain out. Empty children’s wading pools and store them upright.
For extensive information about West Nile Virus, please visit the CDC Website. Pest Defense Solutions can help you prevent WNV by applying a treating your home and yard. Please fill out a schedule request form for more information.
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