Mosquito pattern assessments optimistic for West Nile virus

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A sample of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the West Nile virus in Dubois County.

Dubois County’s Health Department is reminding residents to stay vigilant to protect themselves from the West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

There are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself from mosquito bites: apply DEET-containing insect repellent to clothing and exposed skin; wear bright clothes; Avoid moist, heavily vegetative areas where mosquitoes live. and if possible avoid being outside during the main mosquito bite times, at dusk and at dawn.

Some simple steps to help prevent mosquitoes from spreading are as follows.

  • Eliminate standing water on your property
  • Repair faulty septic tanks.
  • Remove all containers that contain water.
  • Clean up your clogged gutters.
  • Keep the grass short and cut the shrubbery. High vegetation is an excellent port area for mosquitoes.
  • Keep swimming pools chlorinated and clean.
  • The basic rule is: if the water lasts longer than 4 days, mosquitoes can multiply. Even a small bucket can produce up to 1,000 mosquitoes in a few days.

Some symptoms of the West Nile virus are:

  • High fever
  • Strong headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • confusion

The West Nile virus can also infect our pets such as horses. The virus is very serious and often fatal in horses. It is very important that you contact your veterinarian to have your horse vaccinated if you have not already done so.

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