It’s that time of year again, when the mosquitoes can be deadly. West Nile Virus cases are popping up in multiple states across the nation.
As of Friday, the CDC’s website reports, non-human West Nile virus infections have been detected in the following states:
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Human West Nile virus infections have been reported from the following states:
Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.
In Atlanta, the DeKalb County Board of Health reports that a mosquito collection
from a sampling station located near the Clifton Corridor area has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The DeKalb County Environmental Health Department says to take the following precautions:
• Apply insect repellent. DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, please see: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/mosquitorepellent.htm.
• When possible, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks. Clothing may also be treated with permethrin.
• Use extra care when mosquitoes are most active. The mosquitoes that are most likely to carry West Nile virus are more active from dusk to dawn.
Health officials also warn of the increase in the Asian Tiger mosquito which can carry as many as 20 diseases.
The DeKalb County Board of Health is aggressively working to prevent West Nile virus transmission. Program technicians will be providing additional mosquito control services in the area.
DeKalb County also encourages everyone to check around for the following: Flower pot saucers are one location where mosquito larvae are often found. Some items such as bird baths can be dumped and rinsed twice a week, but do need continual attention. Magnolia leaves should be raked up or shredded to keep them from holding water. Also, make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
Requests for a mosquito assessment for your DeKalb County home can be reported to the Division of Environmental Health at 404-508-7900 or www.dekalbhealth.net
To check West Nile Virus activity in your state or county, click here.