“Smashing” West Nile Virus in DeKalb
DeKalb County has a program in place to control the spread of mosquitoes – and with them the nasty diseases they can carry. The DeKalb County Board of Health has also released a few tips to reduce the risk of a bite.
- Eliminating standing water in gutters and items such as planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires to get rid of breeding grounds;
- Trimming grass, weeds and vines to discourage mosquitoes from resting in the yard;
- Reducing outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk when the type of mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active;
- Wearing a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and socks when outdoors – especially at dusk and dawn;
- Making sure window and door screens fit securely to keep the insects out of the home;
- Using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 and follow the instructions when using them;
- Spraying clothing with products containing permethrin;
- For those that get West Nile, there is no vaccine or specific treatments though over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce fever and relieve various symptoms.
- Some with severe symptoms may have to go to the hospital.
- Though symptoms can vary in severity, anyone who thinks they have West Nile should speak with a doctor.
You can find out more about the virus at www.dekalbhealth.net/envhealth/west-nile-virus