West Nile virus is a mosquito transmitted disease that can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. In most humans, West Nile virus is a mosquito transmitted disease that can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. In most humans, West Nile virus infection can cause a mild flu-like illness, or may cause no symptoms at all. However in some cases, particularly among the elderly, it can cause serious neurological diseases like encephalitis or meningitis. Persons older than 50, particularly those over 65, have the highest risk of severe disease, such as encephalitis and meningitis.
Avoid Mosquito Bites:
- Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
- When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
- Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
Luckily only a small percentage of people get symptoms from West Nile, but let’s be on the safe side!
Written By: Tanja Powers, Senior Care Advisor at AdutlCarePro.Com