Recently several people in New England have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. Over the past 2 decades New England, West Nile virus has been regular
found in this area. So while it is nothing new, it is something we need to be aware of and have lots of information on. This is the time when more and more
cases start to develop as we reach late summer and early fall.
We have offered you 4 tips to help understand the West Nile virus.
Can you catch West Nile virus from a dead bird?
No, you simply cannot get West Nile virus from a dead bird.So while the virus requires a complex ecology that consists of intermediate hosts for the disease, like a bird. However, birds cannot transmit the disease directly to a human. When a mosquito bites a bird then the mosquito is infected. Then the infected mosquito bites a man and that is how the virus gets transmitted to a human.
Why do some people get sick and some don’t?
There are actually 2 factors that determine who gets sick and who doesn’t. If you are someone with a weaker immune system like someone who is very young or very old, or with a certain chronic condition that will affect your immune system, then you may be more susceptible. Also if you were someone who received a large dose of the virus by being bit more than once, then you could be at a greater risk.
Not everyone gets sick if they contract West Nike Virus:
According to the CDC only 8 out of 10 people who contract West Nile virus will remain symptom free. The other 20% of people can develop a fever along with other symptoms like headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, rash, or diarrhea. If you are in a much smaller population then you can have a different set of symptoms and illness. This can range from a mild fever to more serious disease like encephalitis, meningitis, or even death.
The Best Defense to West Nile virus: Mosquito Control:
Wear pants and long sleeves
Avoid heavily populated mosquito areas at dusk and dawn
Use air conditioning when available
Use screens on your windows and doors- also repair any holes in your screens
Use insect repellent that is registered by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
If you are not able to be in an air-conditioned or screened room when sleeping outdoors, then sleep under a mosquito bed net.
Empty, scrub, turn over, or throw out items that hold water once a week. This can include things like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash cans.
Check inside and outside your home as mosquitos will lay eggs near water.
If you do contract West Nile virus then your symptoms will typically begin to show two to six days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. However it can take up to two weeks. A majority of people who develop symptoms will make a full recovery, however there can be residual fatigue and weakness that can last for several weeks following the infection.
Let our professionals perform a customized mosquito control service to fit your property’s needs.
Call In The Experts
The most effective way to avoid mosquito bites is to implement a long-term solution by calling The Mosquito Guy. Did you know that The Mosquito Guy now has two locations to serve you better? That’s right along with our North Attleboro location we are now offering Cape Cod Mosquito Control and Cape Cod Tick Control to Cape Cod MA.
Keep yourself, your family and your pets safe! Have your yard sprayed by the mosquito guy!