Summer may almost be over but mosquito activity is still at its peak and expected to continue into mid to late fall. That is why it continues to be imperative that everyone do their part to reduce the number of mosquitoes around their home, and take steps to avoid mosquito bites.
West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially deadly disease that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that acquired the virus by feeding on an infected bird. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with WNV will not experience any illness. However, about 1 in 5 individuals who are infected will experience mild symptoms such as body aches, fever, skin rash joint pain, and 1 out of 150 infected people will become seriously ill with tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, and numbness. In rare cases, WNV can lead to paralysis, coma or death. Persons older than 60 years of age are at greater risk of developing severe disease.
The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to take the following precautions: