The first person was recorded as being infected with the West Nile virus this year in Nebraska. This is a clear sign that people should take active measures of prevention against this virus.
Officials raised awareness among people and advised them to avoid getting in contact with the disease-carrying mosquitoes. According to Dr. Tom Safranek, a State Epidemiologist for the Department of Health and Human Services, the person infected with the virus is from the Three Rivers Health Department area of Washington, Saunders, and Dodge Counties.
However, the victim did not need to be hospitalized. It is the first human case, but there will most likely be more until the end of the season. West Nile virus is an illness which is usually mild for many people. Nevertheless, some individuals might be more vulnerable.
Therefore, experts advise residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites because the summer is long and most people like to hang out all day long. Still, by following a simple set of rules, you can prevent mosquitoes from getting close to you.
Scientists suggest people drain every source of standing water around their homes because standing water makes the ideal place for mosquitoes to start swarming around. Furthermore, dawn and dusk are the times of the day when the disease-carrying insects are usually most active, so it is best for everyone to be aware.
It is also worth mentioning that residents should pay attention to how they dress. Long socks, pants, and long-sleeved shirts will significantly reduce the risk of getting the West Nile virus. In addition to this, mosquito repellent is your best bet during outdoor activities. People should look for repellents that contain lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, Picaridin, and DEET.
Plus, para-menthane-diol products are better because they offer a longer protection, so you do not to reapply the repellent too often. However, you should avoid using too much. Mosquitoes transmit the West Nile virus to humans after they feed on infected birds.
Victims usually do not show any symptoms besides the ones similar to the mild flu. Nevertheless, some show symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, vomiting, body aches and headache.
Fortunately, less than one percent of the people who get infected with the West Nile virus will develop a severe disease such as meningitis or encephalitis. Meningitis is an inflammation of the brain and tissues surrounding it. Experts underline that people with weakened immune systems and over 50 years old are most likely to develop more serious symptoms.
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