June 22, 2020
Health officials warn residents to be ready for West Nile Season
(Ogden, UT) – Weber-Morgan health officials are urging Utahns to “Fight the Bite” as the temperature rises.
- Using insect repellant that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide)
- Wearing long sleeve shirts and pants from dusk to dawn
- Remove standing water from around yards and homes
- Trimming neglected patches of long grasses and weeds that hold water and provide cover for active mosquito pools
- Make sure windows, doors and screens fit tightly without holes
- Ask your veterinarian about vaccinations to protect your horses
Infected mosquitoes spread the virus when they bite humans, horses and birds. There is a vaccine for horses but no such preventive measure or treatment exists for humans.
The mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active between dusk and dawn and residents are encouraged to be vigilant about covering up with clothes or DEET-containing mosquito repellent during those hours.
West Nile Virus affects the central nervous system. Mild symptoms include fever, headache and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. These symptoms typically last a few days. Severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, vision loss and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.
People typically develop symptoms between three and 14 days after they are exposed. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of West Nile Virus, contact your physician.
Public Information Officer