August 10, 2012

West Nile Virus Found In New York

The hot, humid, moist weather is helping mosquitoes to thrive throughout the east coast.  Besides causing painful and irritating bites to their unsuspecting victims, mosquitoes are known to transmit dangerous and even deadly diseases to humans.

According to reports from on August 8, 2012, a woman living in Onondaga County, New York has been diagnosed with West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.  In another report by 9WSYR on August 3, 2012, a child was found to West Nile virus in Oswego County, New York.

Most people who develop West Nile virus do not have any symptoms.  About 20% of people who become infected do develop West Nile fever though.  Those symptoms include, body aches, fever, headache, tiredness, swollen lymph glands, and sometimes a skin rash.  The virus can easily be mistaken for the flu.

Most people who are infected with West Nile Virus do not develop any type of illness, but you never know how your body will react to the virus.  NJ Pest control professionals recommend that you take precautions when outdoors.  Wear light colored clothing, preferably long sleeved and long pants when outdoors.  Use an insect repellant that contains DEET to help keep mosquitoes from biting.  Contact a NJ pest control professional to help keep mosquitoes out of  your yard.