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Protecting Against West Nile

posted Aug 30, 2012, 10:33 AM by Domain Admin   [ updated Feb 5, 2013, 1:01 PM ] NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)confirmed West Nile cases in: Cabarrus, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Scotland and Wayne counties. State Health Director Laura Gerald released this warning to everyone about west nile: "While the Division of Public Health has only confirmed cases of West Nile in these five counties, we want to encourage everyone to protect themselves, especially at this time of year, when mosquitoes are most active," Dr. Gerald said. "West Nile, and other mosquito-borne illness, can occur in any county in North Carolina."

According to Dr. Ward Robinson, Medical Director for the Guilford County Health Department, it could be days or even weeks before someone who is infected with West Nile Virus actually experiences any symptoms.

Symptoms can include a headache, fever, muscle pains, even a rash.

Robinson said symptoms are so similar to the flu that you wouldn't even know it was West Nile Virus unless you had blood tests to prove it.

"There's no way to tell a West Nile infected mosquito from a non-West Nile infected mosquito. So the answer is you have to protect yourself against all mosquito bites," said Robinson.
Robinson said here's what you should do to protect yourself:

-Avoid going outside during dusk or dawn when mosquitoes feed.
-If you do, wear long sleeves and long pants.
-Make sure you're using DEET or other bug repellant.
-Get rid of any standing water around your home, like bird baths or old tires where water might pool, because that's where mosquitoes breed.

Cited from NCDHHS/WFMY News 2 To access full story, go here.
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Aug 30, 2012, 10:33 AM