A new study completed as the West Nile Virus (WNV) season is beginning to wind down has found that more than half of Americans are concerned about the disease. That concern has prompted some to increase safety measures to protect themselves.
This year has been the most severe WNV season on record since the virus was first detected in the United States in 1999. According to Dr. Jorge Parada, infectious disease specialist and NPMA’s medical spokesperson, “This year’s West Nile Virus season is one for the record books and it has put a lot of people on alert to heed the warnings about adequate mosquito prevention in the future.”
Over 54 percent of survey respondents said they were concerned about the virus, and 22 percent said they took more steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes this year than in years past.
Missy Henriksen, NPMA’s Vice President of Public Affairs added,, “Although it’s much too early to make predictions about next year’s mosquito season, it’s important to remember that mosquitoes have several overwintering strategies to ensure the survival of future generations. Adult mosquito populations will decline in coming weeks, but their offspring will surely come for us next spring.”
The Centers for Disease Control says on their website, “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.
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