District Manager and Biologist, Ken Klemme, urges residents to take the following precautions to avoid getting the West Nile virus:
- Use a repellent with an effective ingredient such as DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Make sure door and window screens fit tight and are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
- Try to avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear long sleeves and pants when you are outdoors and mosquitoes are present.
- Drain all sources of standing water that may support mosquito-breeding habitats.
- Please report neglected green swimming pools or ponds, your call can remain anonymous
Symptoms of West Nile Virus Infection
People infected with WNV can have no symptoms, West Nile Fever, or West Nile Neuroinvasive disease. Symptoms usually occur 2-15 days after infection.
Symptoms of West Nile Fever can include:
- Headaches (often severe migraines)
- High fever
- Tiredness and body aches
- Occasionally a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.
Even healthy people may suffer sickness for several days to several weeks, and be unable to function normally.
Symptoms of West Nile Neuroinvasive disease can include:
- Severe Headache
- High Fever
- Stiff neck
Vaccinate your horses as they are highly susceptible to West Nile virus. Approximately half of all horses that get the disease are euthanized.
Please call the District to report green pools, standing water, or mosquito problems.
The NSVMAD is here to help you with mosquito problems, please call us at: 831-422-6438