Young children, the elderly and those with lowered immune systems are at greater risk of severe symptoms. Only after completing a West Nile virus test check, a proper diagnosis can be made.
- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
States continue to report cases of West Nile Virus, from Boston to Montgomery County in Texas.
"With two mosquito-borne viruses now active in the Coachella Valley, it is more important than ever for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites, " district spokeswoman Jill Oviatt said.
New Bedford is taking precaution against diseases spread by mosquitoes.
Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing. "Make sure you are covered up in the early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes that can transmit these viruses typically bite".
To protect yourself against mosquitoes, health officials recommend using insect repellent, repairing torn window screens, wearing long sleeves and trousers, and draining standing water, which mosquitoes use to breed. "If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, shoes and socks as weather permits", said Huang.
Use a larvicide in water that can't be drained to keep mosquitoes from developing.
Olivares says in Hidalgo County, the Health and Human Services' Infectious Disease Surveillance Program conducts active, passive, sentinel, and syndromic surveillance investigations on notifiable conditions with local medical providers, hospitals, schools, and universities, and other public health stakeholders. Surveillance efforts consist of a systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice.