West Nile Virus(WNV) is most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites. WNV is a concern with potential floods or heavy rainfalls. Precipitation and humidity are suitable conditions for vectors carrying the virus. There are no vaccines to prevent WNV, or any medications to treat WNV. Most people do not develop any symptoms, but symptoms include: fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. See your health care provider if you develop any of these symptoms. To reduce your risk of getting the West Nile Virus, follow the 4 D’s.
Remember the 4 D’s:
- Dawn/Dusk: These are the times of the day you should remain indoors. This is when infected mosquitos are most active.
- DEET: The ingredient to look for in your insect repellent.
- Dress: Long sleeves and long pants are appropriate when being outdoors.
- Drain: Drain standing water in your yard, such as old tires, flower pots and clogged rain gutters.
For more information, please visit the CDC website.