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West Nile Virus: What You Need to Know Now


Published on you live in an area that has mosquitoes, than you have probably heard about West Nile virus, but what is it? What are they symptoms? Who is at risk for it and most importantly, how can you prevent it? In addition to learning about West Nile virus, contacting a mosquito pest control company is important for your health and safety.

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West Nile Virus: What You Need to Know Now

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  2. 2. West Nile virus can be a very serious illness. It’s fairlyseasonal throughout North America, and it often flaresup as the summer heats up.Unfortunately, though, it continues well into the fall,and recognizing not only the symptoms of thecondition but also what you can do to prevent it isimportant. *
  3. 3. One in 150 people will develop a serious illness fromWest Nile virus. Recognizing the symptoms is anabsolute must.High fever, headache, stiffness in the neck, anddisorientation are among those.The less serious symptoms include nausea, vomiting,and a rash on the chest, stomach, and back.The less serious symptoms will last about two tothree days. The more serious can last for severalweeks. *
  4. 4. West Nile virus control has everything to do with goodmosquito pest control. There are only two ways this conditioncan be spread.Infected mosquitoes are the most common way it spreads.Mosquitoes get West Nile virus when they feed on an infectedbird. People & animals in turn get infected when a mosquitobites them.The only other way to transmit West Nile is through the bloodtransfusions, organ transplants, breastfeeding, or pregnancy. *
  5. 5. In most cases, there is no treatment for the virus. Supportive treatment is the only prescribed course in serious cases. With mild symptoms like fever & aches, ibuprofen can usually be taken under the advice of a doctor. With more serious symptoms, IV fluids and breathing care may be needed.*
  6. 6. If you think you have West Nile and you begin todevelop serious symptoms, call your doctor.You need to seek medical attention if you developsevere headaches or any kind of confusion.Additionally, if you are pregnant or nursing, you’llwant to seek the advice of a doctor. *
  7. 7. Wondering who is most at risk forWest Nile?* Those over the age of 50 are the most likely to develop serious complications from West Nile.* Anyone who is outside is at risk for West Nile. The more time you spend outside, the more chance you have of being bitten by an infected mosquito. *
  8. 8. You can prevent many cases of West Nile throughgood pest management procedures on your property.Empty any standing water you see on your property.Pet dishes & the bird feeder should be changed atleast weekly.If you have a tire swing, drill a hole in it to ensurethe water can leak out.Keep your child’s wading pool empty as well toprevent problems. If you have questions, contact aSpringdale pest control professional or your nearestpest control company. *
  9. 9. Your best bet is to call apest and mosquito controlcompany immediately ifyou notice any signs ofmosquito problems aroundyour home. They can use avariety of methods to helpyou eliminate the problem. *