New video educates public about mosquito prevention and West Nile Virus.
Last summer, Austin and Travis County mirrored the state and nation experiencing a particularly active mosquito season. Mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) throughout our community. One hundred and fifty three people were diagnosed with the virus in Travis County and six people died.
Mosquitoes are present in Central Texas all year, but the population is largest and most active during the months of May through November. The best way to address the threat posed by mosquitoes is through public information and education. That’s why a new video, West NileWatch has been produced by the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department and the City of Austin’s Channel 6. The video highlights the city’s mosquito surveillance program and emphasizes what residents can do to protect themselves. The video is available at http://youtu.be/f2b8el0498A
Most people who are infected with WNV do not have any signs or symptoms, but if symptoms do develop seek medical attention. WNV symptoms begin with fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, an occasional skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands. While the illness can be as short as a few days, even healthy people have reported being sick for several weeks. Advanced age is by far the most significant risk factor for developing severe disease after infection. The risk of severe disease is greatest among people age 50 years and older.
Follow the 4 D’s to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and reduce your risk of disease:
Dusk & Dawn -Whenever possible, avoid prolonged outdoor activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active