According to Denton County Public Health officials (DCPH), two more West Nile Virus cases have been reported in Denton County, so there are 16 people now who have been bitten by the disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Unfortunately, both of them have been diagnosed with the West Nile neuroinvasive disease. WNND is a severe form of infection that attacks the brain of the victim causing symptoms similar to meningitis.
According to Juan Rodriguez, chief epidemiologist, residents should do their best to reduce to chances of getting bitten by these insects. The West Nile virus is contracted by mosquitoes from birds.
Although it has no effect on them, it can cause great harm to humans. This virus usually leads to a mild illness, while one in five people will experience symptoms such as body aches, nausea, headache, joint pain, diarrhea, and rashes.
Those most at risk are children, seniors, and people with weak immune system. Also, pregnant women who get infected with the West Nile virus might suffer miscarriages. It is worth mentioning that there is no current vaccine to tackle this infection, so citizens should avoid getting bitten.
The incubation period ranges between two days and two weeks meaning that symptoms will manifest only a few weeks after the bite. According to the experts, the best way to keep the disease-carrying mosquitoes at bay is to carefully remove every source of standing water around homes such as gutters, pool covers, pet water dishes, buckets, flower pots, and bird baths.
Also, residents should buy mosquito repellents that contains lemon eucalyptus, Picaridin, IR3535, and DEET. Another great way to deal with mosquitoes is to plant lemon trees in your garden, because these insects hate this fruit, probably due to its powerful scent.
Another excellent way to reduce the risks of getting infected is to wear protective clothing such as trousers, socks, and long-sleeved shirts. Make sure that every piece of clothing is thick because mosquitoes can bite through clothes as well.
Experts strongly recommend residents to avoid spending time outdoors at dawn and dusk because mosquitoes are most active during this time.
In addition to this, window and door screens will also prevent the West Nile virus mosquitoes from breaking into your house. Authorities urge citizens to report any dead bird they might come across.
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