Nile Virus (WNV) appeared early in 2003 and as most people
know Colorado had a record year, which was predicted given that
2003 was the second year of the virus in the State. The JeffCo
goal in 2003 was to keep the number of cases to less than 100
with no deaths from the disease. To date there have been 105 cases
and two deaths.
The early attack on the disease by JeffCo using larvacide in standing
water and their campaign to have residents empty standing water
in children's toys, kiddie pools, buckets and other places where
water collects was very helpful. The health department estimates
that thousands of people actually contracted the disease and either
had no symptoms or were never diagnosed, having a mild case of
WNV. These people have developed and immunity to the disease and
are protected now. A vaccine will eventually be developed but
that is likely a few years off. For now our best protection is
to do the following to
"Fight the Bite"
standing water around the house weekly since it's where mosquitoes
lay eggs, including: tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters,
rain barrels, toys and puddles.
and Dawn are when mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active,
so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito
is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents.
Always follow label instructions carefully.
in long sleeves or pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where
mosquitoes are active.
Nile Virus disease is rare, but if you do have symptoms including
high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, contact your health
care provider immediately.
for more info: www.fightthebite