HEALTH UNIT ISSUES 4 D'S TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM WEST NILE 7/12/2018 10:04:32 AM
Southwest Public Health is reminding you to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from the West Nile Virus. The West Nile Virus is spread when you are bit by an infected mosquito. Symptoms of West Nile often include flu like symptoms.
In serious cases it can cause swelling of the brain, loss of vision, paralysis and even brain damage.
Public Health Inspector Serena Roberts says the virus can impact some people more seriously.
Roberts says that they ask you to remember the "four D's" to protect yourself. Last year was the most aggressive year for mosquitoes in more than 15 years.
1) Dusk / Dawn - Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn so protect yourself during these times.
2) Dress - Wear long sleeves and long lands when in areas where mosquitoes are present.
3) DEET - Wear bug repellent that has at least 20% of DEET for adults, kids 2-12, 10% or less, newborn to 6 months: no DEET
4) Drain - Leave all standing water as it is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.