It’s 2011 and the West Nile virus has made its return. Several states have confirmed cases of the virus. States include Minnesota, where a dead crow was found, Connecticut, where mosquitoes tested positive, Tennessee, where mosquitoes tested positive, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, where one person has been infected, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The West Nile virus targets birds but is known to infect humans, dogs, squirrels, and even rabbits. The most common way of contracting West Nile is through a mosquito that has bitten an infected bird. A staggering 90% of humans that have been infected by West Nile do not show symptoms of the virus. In rare cases, victims show signs of fever, headache, vomiting, and skin rashes. 1 in 150 cases of West Nile will develop serious illness which can include permanent neurological damage and death in some cases.
Tips on avoiding West Nile:
- DO NOT touch dead birds.
- AVOID mosquitoes…call Northwest Exterminating to protect your home from mosquitoes.
- Wear protective clothing when outside, if possible.
- Wear bug repellent when outside.
- Use screens on open doors and windows.
- Get rid of any standing water that may attract mosquitoes.