Mosquitoes from Bartholomew County are responsible for carrying the West Nile Virus, according to Health Department.
“We will go out and larvicide standing water that we can find, we will then begin adulticiding the area,” stated Matthew Galbraith, environmental health specialist within the Bartholomew County Health Department. Being the first reported case this year, the officials wipe out only the locations where the harmful insects were found.
Diagnosis & Symptoms
Visible symptoms can install between 5 to 15 day from the mosquitoes bite. Most people develop no symptoms (8 from 10), but if existent they can include: headaches, fever, body muscular aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, rash. Also, neck stiffness, coma, convulsions, vision loss, and paralysis can occur. Recovery from critical cases takes several weeks or months, but some damages of the nervous system can be irreversible. The most vulnerable infected categories are people over 50 years and those suffering from cancer, kidney disease, diabetes or hypertension. In short, people with weak immune systems should be more aware of the virus effects.
If your general health condition is affected by any of the aforementioned symptoms, seek a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only after completing a West Nile virus test check, a proper diagnosis can be made.
How to protect you and your family
Stay ahead of these annoyances with the following pieces of advice:
- Make use of repellents containing DEET (read the instructions before) as often as needed. Other ‘saviors’ are eucalyptus and lemon oils.
- Repair the septic system or call a pro to check them out of sight places.
- Get rid of stagnant water, because it is the perfect place for breeding
“Something as small as a bottle cap can be a breeding spot for mosquitoes […] The good thing is that they can’t fly very far, so if you can eliminate breeding spots on your property, you can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes near your house,” affirmed Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association. Verify the left tires, flower pots, buckets etc.